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When he lived in Matawan, NJ, my dad did community theater with a local group called Spotlight Players. The theater was located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan off of Rt. 34. Most of what I saw was the musicals, Children of Eden, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Titanic, The Pirates of Penzance, and Guys and Dolls. Later this season, they are doing Little Mermaid.

I’m thinking about going to see it.

However, now my dad has moved away and my brother auditioned to be in one of their straight plays. This weekend and next weekend, he is East in Almost, Maine.

Almost because they are almost a town.

I think that it is a cute show. It’s a series of short acts that all take place in the same town but none of the characters appear on stage more than once. The shorts are centered around relationships- two people who have just met and one has a broken heart; two people who have been together for 11 years and she’s decided that if they aren’t going to move forward, then she wants all her love back so she can find someone new but he’s taken all that love and put it into a ring; two people that have been friends for years and have just fallen in love with each other; two people who have been married for years and take each other for granted.

There’s a bunch of them, some wonderful, some tragic, but all of them are very real and very possible. And all of them have a small spark of hope in them, even the ones that don’t have a picture perfect ending.

If anyone in the Monmouth County and Middlesex Areas is available this coming Friday and Saturday- January 31st and February 1st- at 8 PM,

The First Presbyterian Church
Rt. 34 & Franklin St., Matawan NJ.

 

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