"My favorite line from The Book Club Play is: 'Book club is like Lord of the Flies with wine and dip.'"
Theatre in the Round's "The Book Club Play" runs through February 19, 2023
I found the play to be extremely funny and full of delightful moments. I don't want to give too many spoilers but I will say that unexpected events make for some awkward moments for the characters and I was glad to be along with them for the ride. If you are a fan of reading novels, you will appreciate the literary references sprinkled throughout the show! And whether you're a fan of books or just looking for a spirited winter outing, The Book Club Play will be a memorable and witty theatrical experience. I'd also like to note that this is a good event for folks who don't go to a lot of theater since it strikes a good balance between entertaining and thought-provoking. It addresses challenging topics that come up between members at the book club meetings in a light-hearted (but sincere) manner so the audience can question their own relatable experiences with an open-mind.
Artist Interview with Actor Eni Ogunidpe
If you could describe this show in three words, what would they be?
Eni: Three words I would use to describe this show: Funny, engaging, and insightful .
What has been your favorite part about the rehearsal and preparation process?
Eni: My favorite part about the rehearsal and preparation process was tech week. Tech week is long and exhausting, but it’s wonderful seeing everything come together after weeks in the rehearsal room - all of the the props and costumes, the set, lighting etc.
What's your favorite line from the play?
Eni: My favorite line is: “Book club is like Lord of the Flies with wine and dip.”
What drew you to being involved with the performing arts?
Eni: I’ve always loved telling and consuming stories, and expressing myself. Performing arts remind me of our humanity. There is a unique energy in the room between the performers and the audience that we all collectively get to experience exactly once. There’s something truly special about that.
Tell us a little more about what it's been like working with Theatre in the Round?
Eni: Working with Theatre in the Round Players (TRP) has been a lot of fun. All of the cast, crew and staff are incredibly talented and hard-working. TRP is filled with amazing people. It’s also a visually stunning theater. It’s a unique space to be in because…well the audience is all around you! Normal stage directions go out the window and movements feel more natural. It does take a bit of getting used to - when I’m looking a castmate in the eye I can still make out a person-shaped blob shifting in their seat or smiling. I love it though, as it’s a constant reminder that we are performing for our amazing audience!
Eni: I will next be part of the cast of Hamlet at The Guthrie Theater.
Eni: I was a voracious reader as a kid. I love books and still love to read in my free time. So this play drew me in. I’ve never been a part of a book club. After exploring the mayhem that a book club could be in this play, I’m not so sure if I want to join one now, ha!
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Ticket Info: "The Book club Play" at Theatre in the Round
Tickets are $25.
For information, call the theatre’s box office at 612-333-3010 or visit its website at www.TheatreintheRound.org. Book clubs of 6 or more that wish to come as a group have access to $18 tickets by calling the box office or emailing email@example.com and mentioning the “Book Club Deal."
Monday Pay-What-You-Can performance on February 6: Tickets are able to be reserved at the listed payment tiers ($5, 10, $15, $20, $25), or for any amount at the door.
See the show yourself or read more reviews by other Twin Cities Theater Bloggers about The Book Club Play:
"Funny, uncomfortable, relatable discussions about books, art, and humanity" Cherry and Spoon
"The Book Club Play is a Delight at Theatre in the Round" The Stages of MN
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