Alan Ball, renowned for his black comedies, penned Javeenbah Theatre’s latest laugh-outloud play Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Ladies should never be forced to wear matching frocks, but the women in Javeenbah Theatre’s production have to do just that. Written by Alan Ball, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress follows the story of five unhappy bridesmaids who are reluctant to attend a pretentious wedding reception.
Hiding in an upstairs bedroom and wearing identical bridesmaid dresses, the five personalities couldn’t be more different.
While Georgie, Trisha, Mindy, Meredith and Frances each have their own reason for wanting to skip the proceedings, they soon discover they all share a common bond: they aren’t friends with the bride.
Directed by Dawn China, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress follows the five women – aged 21 to 34 – as they reveal their innermost thoughts and desires.
“The characters are all so different so the interplay between them makes for a hilarious story,” says Dawn.
Theatre newbies will be surprised to find they are probably familiar with playwright Ball.
The American writer, director, and producer is the brains behind American Beauty, Six Feet Under and True Blood.
“My sons, who are filmmakers, introduced me to Six Feet Under a couple of years ago and I was hooked,” says Dawn.
“I knew I had to direct this one.”
Dawn says the “wickedly funny comedy” offers a touching look at the intricacies of friendship and love.
“I am a great fan of black comedy and I love when an audience can find humour in dark or tragic moments,” she says.
Dawn says the five women, played by Naomi Thompson, Natalie Campbell, Kaela Gray, Rachel Love and Rianna Hartney-Smith, are polar opposites.
“We have the cynical exnympho, the straitlaced fundamentalist, the romantic, the lesbian, and the rebellious sibling whose anger runs deeper than simple sisterly envy,” she says.
“We are telling people who are attending the opening night that they should come dressed up as if they are going to a wedding.”
The cast of
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,
opening at Javeenbah this weekend.