Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball Directed by Katie Weinberg Pay-What-You-Will Preview 11/5/09
Show dates 11/6 – 11/22/09
During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.
As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress was written by Alan Ball, Academy Award-winning screenwriter for American Beauty and creator of the award-winning HBO television series Six Feet Under and True Blood.
It was wonderful - and the bridesmaid dresses they created were as awful as yellow lace and taffeta with pink satin sashes could possibly be.
With the exception of a couple of "author's message" heavy-handed moments, it is a wonderful script. Very funny, but darkly so. Alan Ball is such a wonderful writer (American Beauty, Six Feet Under, True Blood). And I learned that he and Kate were both born in Atlanta, and both had their first home in Marietta - an Atlanta suburb.
I will admit that it is wonderful to hear others in the audience declare your child the funniest on stage, compliment her timing and character....I am prejudiced, but those people were right !!
I may be returning weekend after next. My goddaughter wants to see the show but will then be 8 months pregnant. I was not thrilled to have her travel across state alone. I am not sure she will be all too comfortable in the theatre seats, but I will happily take her if she can get the time off.
The production was well paced, and the young director shows real promise. I did laugh at the older couple to our right who thought the Malcolm X poster on the wall was Obama - the older gentleman commented that he did not think Obama wore glasses. Little extras to make you smile (and cringe a little).
We had a lovely visit. Their home is so comfortable, and it is good to see them there. Warm and reassuring. And visiting their pups is always a treat.
The theatre itself is a great old building. Until the 50s, it had been a neighborhood firehouse.Then it was converted for a new, upstart theatre that has been there ever since. The house seats 122, and so far every show has been sold out. I hope the rest of the run is as successful as opening weekend.
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it ~ Richard Greenberg