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The Book Club Play at Villanova Good for a Mom's Night Out

Some moms, when they need a break, turn to books. And maybe a glass of wine. 

Some might be lucky enough to meet with a book club.

For those who have trouble carving out enough time, or peace and quiet, to do either, Villanova Theatre has a two-hour alternative.

The Book Club Play, which opened Wednesday night and continues through Sept. 30, is a funny, thought-provoking exploration of books, reading, friendships and relationships.

The intimate theater seats fewer than 200, so you almost feel as if you are part of Ana's book club, which meets in her living room and includes her husband (a non-reader), two old friends, one young co-worker and, by the end, a late addition to the group who helps it spin in unexpected directions.

There's also a camera recording these weekly sessions for a documentary. It is a silent, automated observer whose presence is often forgotten by the participants, until they do or confess something they realize they'd rather not have broadcast to the world.

  Anyone who reads for pleasure, even if you've never been to a book club, will appreciate the debates over the value of high-brow vs. bestselling novels and how each impacts the cast in ways they hadn't expected.

It's anything but a ponderous academic discussion. Fueled by wine, romance, long histories together and fresh perspectives from newcomers, the road to self discovery takes laugh-out-loud twists and turns.

It would probably be great fun for a real book club to see it together, but if you have children who enjoy novels of any kind, it's also suitable for a parent-child night out.

If you haven't been to Villanova in a while, the large parking lot across from campus on Lancaster Avenue is now filled with buildings. You can park in a new parking garage, on that same side of road off Ithan Avenue. The Vasey Theatre is just a short walk from the Ithan and Lancaster avenues entrance to campus.


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