52 Plays in 52 Weeks: Week 8

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball

Recommended by @alupton

We’ve all been to a wedding. Or we know of someone who has married. Maybe you even had the pain…sorry…pleasure of being in a bridal party either as a groomsmen or bridesmaid. I know I have. Quite recently in fact. This, for the record, was a much more enjoyable bridal party experience. @alupton knew of my impending duties and pointed me in the direction of this funny play.

I could really relate to so many aspects of the various characters and their wedding experience. I loved Meredith’s attitude, sticking her finger up at the whole wedding “charade.” I loved Trisha’s cynism and unwillingness to commit after years of disappointment, Frances’s naivety and the innocence of first love, Georgeanne’s desperation and Mindy’s quirkiness. The characters are all so different so the interplay between them makes for a really funny story. I felt it did lack tension at times but the possibilities to use this in the classroom are exciting.

Again, looking at set requirements would make for an interesting activity and it would be possible to piece together or adapt several sections of dialogue from all five characters to create a monologue but in particular Georgeanne is quite funny. I would be interested to see some costuming ideas also. This is most definitely a script for a female group of student’s. So don’t scare your males with, what to them would seem like a bunch of crazy women in bad tafetta.

Image Credit: S + K / JuneBugWeddings.com / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0