Alan Ball's Comedy Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
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Agnes of God tells the story of a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn baby. A court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone, is charged with the task of assessing the sanity of the young and beautiful Sister Agnes (who insists her baby was the result of an immaculate conception) -- as well as discovering who fathered the child and what events led to its death. But the convent's Mother Superior seems bent on protecting Sister Agnes from the doctor at all costs, arousing the suspicions surrounding her even further. In this explosive production from Bloomington Civic Theatre, all three of these women are forced to face harsh realities as they reexamine the meaning of faith and the power of love. A hit on Broadway, this Tony Award-winning psychological drama was later adapted into the 1985 film starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly. Learn More
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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!