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A Quintet of Runaway Bridesmaids Bare Their Claws in “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at NRACT

"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball opens March 9th at NRACT

"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball opens March 9th at NRACT

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present a community-theater production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a catty R-rated 1993 wedding comedy by award-winning Atlanta, GA-born playwright and screenwriter Alan Ball, on March 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Shopping Village.

Ball wrote two films — American Beauty (1999) and Towelhead (2007) – and many episodes of the HBO black comedy series “Six Feet Under” (2001-05) and the HBO Southern vampire mysteries series “True Blood” (2008-present). He won a 2000 Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay, a 2000 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay-Motion Picture, and a 2000 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for American Beauty.

According to North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre:

“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. They are Frances [played by Jess Barbour], a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy [Samantha West], the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne [Jennifer B. Warner], whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith [Elizabeth Anderson], the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha [Heather Snow Clark], a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp [Will Jones], a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye.

“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.”

The New York Post called Five Women Wearing the Same Dress a “wonderfully entertaining play”; the New York Daily News claimed, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be…”; and TheaterWeek wrote, “[Playwright Alan] Ball has the comic writer’s requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.”

The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre creative team for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress includes Page Purgar and Mike Anderson, director Yvonne Anderson, assistant director Beth Brody, technical director Mike Anderson, and stage manager Debbie West.

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at 8 p.m. March 9 and 10, 3 p.m. March 11, 8 p.m. March 16 and 17, 3 p.m. March 18, 8 p.m. March 23 and 24, 3 p.m. March 25 at NRACT, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.

TICKETS: $15 ($12 students and seniors 62+), except $10 Sunday matinees and $5 Student Rush Tickets (sold 5 minutes before each Friday performance).

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The Play: (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) and (Wikipedia).

The Script: (Google Books).

The Playwright: (Wikipedia).


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