A wedding can be a happy occasion as two lovers pledge their devotion in the presence of their loving families. Or it can be a source of drama as glitches spoil the ceremony, wardrobes malfunction and family friction flares. Sometimes, the elements mix with unexpected results.
With the season of weddings at hand, The Ritz Players are to present the adult comedy, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 18. A matinee is set for 2 p.m. May 19. All performances are in The National Theatre at The Ritz.
The action takes place in the upstairs bedroom of Meredith, the pot-smoking younger sister of the bride. The room has windows that look down on the lawn of the family's home where the wedding reception is in progress. Meredith and the other female attendants gather in the room to take refuge from the lavish festivities.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Georgeanne (Nancy Derby) applies nail color for Frances (Angie Smith) while Trisha (Amy Berger) chooses eye shadow in a scene fro “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Mindy (Michele Castleman) mocks a beauty contestant and gets a laugh out of Meredith (Mandy Wolber, left) and Georgeanne (Nancy Derby).
The cast includes Mandy Wolber as Meredith; Angie Smith as Frances, an openly religious cousin of the bride; Amy Berger as Trisha, who has known many men and loved none of them; Nancy Derby as the unhappily married Georgeanne; and Michele Castleman as Mindy, the groom's lesbian sister.
In spite of their differences, the five bridesmaids agree the bride must have wanted to make herself look better by choosing ugly dresses for them. Their banter turns to the cost of the bridal gown, childhood memories and comments about the guests.
As they discuss one man in particular, they discover his sexual exploits included all but one of them.
Frances repeatedly mentions her Christian faith but it does not stop the other four from sharing intimate details and raunchy language. She decides to remove herself and get acquainted with the bartender. Georgeanne carries a bottle to ease the disappointment of her marital status, while Mindy points out the advantages of her lifestyle. Disgusted with the outlandish reception, Meredith is irritated further by phone calls from her demanding mother.
Trisha fixes the girls' make-up and keeps everyone calm while narrating her sexual experiences. In spite of her apparent doubt in the existence of true love or the sanctity of marriage, Trisha is attracted to one of the groomsmen, Tripp, played by Lukas Frey. He causes her to question her longstanding beliefs.
Ritz Players veteran Nancy Betz is directing the play. Wolber is the assistant director. Vanessa Cook is responsible for the frilly gowns and floppy hats. The crew includes Alyscia Harrison, Kelly Addis, Dinah Adams, Joshua Harris and Frey.
Adult content and language make this production unsuitable for children. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for students.
For more information, call (419) 448-8544. The National Theatre is
behind The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.