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Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
a Comedy
by Alan Ball

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 922

SHOWING : August 06, 2004 - August 14, 2004



Tracy's wedding is the highpoint event of Knoxville society. So why are the people who hate being there the most are her five reluctant bridesmaids? Laugh and cry along with Trisha, Merideth, Georgeanne, Francis and Mindy as they avoid the bride and discuss life, love, sex and being forced to wear ugly taffeta dresses.

**Note: This play is replacing our originally planned production of "Steel Magnolias".

Director Jeffrey Bigger
Stage Manager Sal Manca
Trisha Kim Bennett
Frances Amy Dell
Tripp Will Lee
Mindy Melissa A. Malone
Georgeanne Sarah Mitchell
Meredith Lauren Nutt
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Always the Bridesmaid
by Sweet Babboo
Friday, August 13, 2004
This play can be compared to a slice of wedding cake; nutritonally empty and superficial but irresistable nevertheless. It is more of an amusing character study than a skillfully crafted play.

Five rather reluctant bridesmaids hide from the boorish (and never-seen) society bride at her pretentious at-home wedding reception in her little sister's bedroom (which is appropriately decorated in toxic-cute-dump shades of lilac and yellow). They get drunk and eventually stoned and start spilling their guts. Trisha is a sexually-liberated free-spirit who fears committment as much as any man could, Georgeanne is trapped in a loveless marriage and desperate to inject some thrills into her staid life by sleeping with an old high school flame who broke her (along with everyone else's) heart, Meredith is an angry, rebellious young woman with a secret, Frances is an uptight virgin using Jesus Christ as her protective shield from the real world.

The plot - or what passes for it - has no real climax. The pace goes along a leisurely trot. There's no particular hurry for it to get somewhere. What makes this production work, however, is the impressive work of the five main actresses in this piece. One could argue that Kim Bennett is at least 10-years too old to play Trisha, but she still sold me in this role. She conveyed the right amount of frank sexiness and vulnerability required. As the boozy Georgeanne, Sarah Mitchell, as usual, makes being depraved and pathetic look hysterical. All she has to do is make an entrance and the audience starts laughing. Her comic timing is impeccable. Melissa Malone's Mindy, the lesbian sister of the groom, is a likable and funny; a real, unapologetic woman who is comfortable in own skin, Amy Dell's squeaky-voiced Frances brings intelligence and dignity to what in lesser hands could be an annoying stereotype, Lauren Nutt had some vocal projection problems, but still conveyed the wounded little girl underneath her her angry exterior.

The major complaint I have with this production is that Act II comes to a screeching halt by introducing - in my own opinion - an unneccessary male character named Tripp with romantic designs on Trisha. The scene just seems to go forever and doesn't add anything to the play. This is a fault with the script. I'd seen this same play at another theatre and with the exact same results. With an obvious 20+ years age difference between Tripp and Trisha, the scene has a definate "Mrs. Robinson" feel to it, which you could either find provoative - or creepy. Will Lee is a capable young actor who is very easy on the eyes.

Overall, CSN does a fine job with this entertaining, if shallow, play. Kudos to director Jeffrey Bigger for assembling a talented group of women who provide us with an entertaining evening at the theatre. You may forget all about it an hour after it's over, but you'll have a good time while it lasts.

And, yes, the fuschia and teal bridesmaids dresses are truly hiddeous.



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