“FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS” A HOOT AT CT. CABARET


BONNIE GOLDBERG

Tracy Marlowe and Scott McClure are going to the chapel in Knoxville, Tennessee and they’re going to get married and you’re cordially invited to attend.  If you’re really lucky, you won’t be asked to be part of the wedding party and forced to wear a gown somewhere from puce to purple to eggplant, long white gloves, shoes that pinch and a hat that is a cross between a pin cushion and a lamp shade.

Meredith, Frances, Trisha, Georgeanne and Mindy aren’t so fortunate for they are, courtesy of playwright Alan Ball, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”  Weekends until Saturday, December 18, you can schmooze, laugh and commiserate with them at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin.

For Meredith (Julie Lemos), watching her big sister Tracy get married is annoying, aggravating and angst driven.  Hiding in her bedroom, at least until the bar is open, Meredith is soon joined by Frances (Vicki Todd) who confidently has Jesus secure in her heart, Trisha (Rachel West Balling) who is proud to be the reigning queen of soiled reputations, Georgeanne (Kelly Boucher) who is fighting to forget her unhappy marriage by taking up with a former bad boy beau and Mindy (Chelsea Neville) who may never forgive Tracy for not letting her significant other, a female, attend the nuptials, especially as the groom is her brother.

This special sisterhood exchanges confidences, true confession style, over booze and illegal substances, spilling their guts and determining that all men are weird and strange. Into their sacred sanctuary comes Tripp (Joe Autuoro), an usher, seeking Trisha and causing the balance of power and avalanche of attitude to shift subtlety to the right.  Artistic director Kris McMurray creates a laugh fest that may have you rethinking your china pattern.

For tickets ($30), call CT Cabaret Theatre at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with desserts and drinks available for purchase or you can bring your own.  Now is also the time to order subscriptions ($110) for their 2011 season that includes “Chicago,” “Moon Over Buffalo,” “john and jen,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.”

Join five bridesmaids and one usher as they try to avoid or at least survive the wedding of someone who is clearly not a BFF (best friend forever), or even a BF (best friend), not even an F (friend) and certainly not an SS (soul sister).

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