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TAP Book Club: Reading Between the Lines

book club plays says a lot about human nature

I don’t know if the Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) production of book club plays convinced me that I had to join a book club or avoid them at all costs. What I am sure of, however, is that book club plays is a must for book lovers.

In this play by Karen Zacarías, everything about Ana Smith’s life is like this: she has a perfect house, a perfect husband, a perfect job writing columns for a newspaper and, most importantly, her well-loved book club. loved, perfected to his standards. When a famous documentary filmmaker who wants to explore the phenomenon of book clubs in America approaches Ana, she jumps at the chance to show the world the importance and wonder of book clubs.

Once a new club member is introduced and the wine begins to flow, the perfect dynamic between the members begins to crumble and the sanctity of the book club crumbles as the pressure of the documentary reveals more. on club members than they might have intended.

In addition to Ana (Cassandra Bissell), the book club is made up of Lily Louise Jackson (Saran Bakari), the one who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and Ana’s protege at work; Robert Novum Smith Jr. (Neil Brookshire), Ana’s husband, who has a knack for failing and reading book club picks; Jennifer McClintock (Katherine Duffy), whose shy, forward-thinking attitude makes it hard not to like her; William Lee Nothnagel (Matthew Martinez Hannon), Robert’s well-read and well-dressed college roommate, who also happens to be Ana’s ex-boyfriend; and newcomer Alex (Nick Vidal), a literature professor who has lost his passion and is looking for something real.

Audience members who belong to book clubs will find humor in each character portraying the stereotypical members you’ll find at book clubs, but you don’t have to be a part of it either to appreciate what book club plays is really about: finding a community of people who let you be yourself.

Discussions about the group’s books begin with a more academic approach: themes, metaphors and whether there is a homosexual subtext in Moby-Dick. But Robert’s discussion of a personal crisis after (actually) reading The age of innocence by Edith Wharton is starting to change the types of conversations members have about what they read. It ranges from the clinical to the personal, analyzing how books make us feel and how they help us understand ourselves better.

These characters’ journeys throughout the series felt real – and at times raw – as they had to come to terms with their own successes and failures.

As part of TAP’s community outreach and partnerships, the theater company raised $600 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to 5 years old.

There is still time to catch book club plays, who is on stage until July 24, played Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit to find more details and purchase tickets.

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Stick around after the July 17 performance for a post-show chat with United Way’s Chad Welch about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, one of Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) community partners for book club plays.

Welch and TAP Artistic Director Jacob Janssen will discuss the Imagination Library, its impact on children in Door County and around the world, and the importance of books.