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1 review
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The weather was cold, but clear.. I wore a sweater, two sweatshirts and a blanket. .
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Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. Also a blanket or throw incase the temp drops
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"Talley's Folly"
7 ratings
4.4 average rating
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Scott S.
125 events
98 reviews
4 stars
attended Jul 07 2007

We had an awesome time, the play was excellent. We had not been to Austin Gardens before and it was great to picnic, people brought wine, (so I know for next time it's OK) and I just can't say enough of how great it was. The weather was great...continued

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6 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 01 2007

This was our first time attending a play in this beautiful park setting. We arrived early with our own chairs and a picnic dinner. We managed to get a seat up front by the stage (which wasn't hard to do.) There are only two actors in this play...continued

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17 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 14 2007

great setting - great story - great performances!!

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Jeff Recommended!
“…funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written and contrived love poem for an apple and an orange.” The NY Post


This romantic comedy about the triumph of love tells the story of one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, Sally Talley and Matt Friedman. Sally is from a conservative, small-town, wealthy family of bigoted Protestants, and Matt is a Jewish accountant twelve years older than Sally. The story of how they become brave enough to reveal their most painful secrets touched audiences and critics.

Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly is the second of three plays in what came to be known as Wilson’s Talley Family series. The first play in the saga, 5th of July (later renamed_ Fifth of July_), takes place in 1977, as members of the Talley family struggle with capitalism and the Vietnam War. Among the characters is the recently widowed Aunt Sally, who values the family home more than she values money. When the actress playing Sally in the original production of Fifth of July asked Wilson for help in understanding her character, he wrote Talley’s Folly to show how Sally and her husband Matt became a couple in 1944. Two years later Wilson added a third episode to the story, Talley & Son, first produced in 1981.

About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre

Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.