Thursday, May 07, 2009

"Mousetrap" Opens Friday

Having had no luck getting coverage from the Courier News for this play, I am putting the press release for it on the blog. Thank heavens my duties as publicity person for the church will end June 30 after several years. This weekend's schedule turned out to be one of those conflicts where Act IV lost out in the media. Stay tuned for more city scheduling conflicts this month.

Meanwhile, right here in the city you can see good community theater produced by a dedicated band of onstage and backstage talented people. Act IV puts on two performances a year and my neighbor and I have enjoyed several recent productions. (BTW, we will be going to see the other play on Sunday. )

PLAINFIELD - The city’s longest running theater tradition will take on the longest continuously running play of all time in May with six performances of Agatha Christie’s play, “The Mousetrap.”

Act IV Productions, based at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, is a successor to Parish Players, a group that began at the church in 1925. Act IV carries on the community theater legacy with participants from Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties.

“The Mousetrap” began its run in London in 1952 and playgoers have kept up the tradition of not revealing its ending to friends. More than 23,000 performances have taken place. In the play, a group of strangers in a guesthouse on the English countryside find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. Unfortunately, a murderer is in their midst and no one is above suspicion. The plot thickens with red herrings, dead ends, and superb intrigue in this classic whodunit.

Act IV performances will kick off at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 8, with a free opening night party. Evening performances will follow on May 9, 15 and 16, all at 8 p.m. Matinees will be 3 p.m. on May 10 and May 17. Tickets are $15 and all performances will take place in the Parish Hall at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, 724 Park Ave., Plainfield.

The director is Jean Dembaugh and the cast includes Bill Cochrane, Elaine D’Addezzio, Christopher Gibbs, Greg Jones, Peter Jones, Charles Lawrence, Kathy Mattingly and Gail Sweeney.

For more information, call (908) 756-0750.

--Bernice Paglia


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