Alan Ball's Comedy Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
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The last date listed for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress was Sunday May 19, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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Featured review from Chris DeVaan
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Like most of my theater-going experiences, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville began with knowing I had friends in the cast. That's what you do in this tight-knit community; you support one another. That, and how can you truly foil your own work unless you see others'.
I was also happy to know the playwright had other works with which I was familiar, mainly his work on "True Blood" of which I've seen a few episodes.
This script definitely read like a screenplay. It could've easily been another "Bridesmaids" for it's all about five bridesmaids on the day of their friend (?)'s wedding. What follows is a remarkably up-front and dry-witted account of the reasons for their all being there: one intends on cheating on a husband she never should've married, another because she can't refuse a wedding invitation...it wouldn't be Christian. Add to that a lesbian sister-of-the-groom who's the most normal one in the room, the town tramp looking for real love (this time) and the sister-of-the-bride with a dark secret that she just wants to hold onto until the fated day is over.
Each actress owned her role. They all worked together with a certain symmetry and intimacy that only girlfriends, or girls pretending to be friends, can get away with. Male actors just can't recreate that same kind of camraderie with as much believability.
The one problem with the story is that the only character with any real edge, any real peaks and valleys, is Meredith (played poignantly by Lindsey Yachs). Her story causes everyone else's to look vanilla by contrast.
Audiences should look forward to being treated to Masterpiece Theatre music greeting them before the show and before the second act. The play runs right about two hours, and the pacing is perfect. There's no opportunity for the show to feel like it's dragging at any point. And while, yes, there is language and adult situations...you get wrapped up in it as just a part of these young ladies' lives.
Director Mishia Burns-Edwards does an incredibly satisfying job with this show!
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