Alan Ball's Comedy Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
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Stephen Sondheim's thrilling musical masterpiece delivers a bloody good time with its tale of murderous "barber-ism" and culinary crime. Set in 19th-century London, the twisted story of Sweeney Todd's inhumanity toward his fellow man has themes that resonate today as much as they did when Sweeney Todd's story first appeared in the 1840s. Returning to London after being banished for 15 years on false charges, Sweeney Todd aims to exact revenge on those who wronged him. First focusing his grisly malevolence on the judge who framed him, his bloodthirstiness grows. Teaming up with a local piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, they open a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies ... or does he? The Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's award-winning musical is modern and intimate. This darkly humorous show serves up deliciously macabre portions of sinister spite. 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!
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Presentations at the Burnsville PAC range from classical music to comedy, from jazz to Christian rock, from country to rock and roll. There will be dramas, comedies, local arts organizations and national touring artists. There is something for everyone at the BPAC.