Volume 79, Number 22 | November 04 - 10, 2009
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“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”
At the Duo Theatre, 62 East 4th Street
November 5 through November 22
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
For reservations, call 212-868-4444 or visit www.SmartTix.com or www.5women.com

Photo by John Gallagher

Bridesmaids: The only socially acceptable reason to show up in the same dress

Women share laughs, dress

By Scott Stiffler

Before his sprint to the podium to pick up that screenwriting Oscar for “American Beauty” — and before he created the belated HBO show “Six Feet Under,” Alan Ball penned this considerably less dark tale.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” splits its focus between the comedy and the drama wrung from the lives of five contemplative bridesmaids who ditch the reception and retreat to the bedroom of a mansion somewhere in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Far from the maddening, alcohol-plowed crowd, they let loose with a series cutting observations on all the biggies: sex, love, sisterhood, marriage, religion and…sex.

The cast of newcomers is directed by veteran John Gallagher, who over the past 30 years has nurtured and/or discovered talent including Amanda Peet, Gretchen Mol, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary. Will the five relatively unknown women occupying those bridesmaids’ dresses be the stars of tomorrow? Darla Delane, Allie Dunbar, Kate Eisenhower, Krissy Garber and Lauren Schacher certainly hope so.

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