Theatre Mirror Reviews - "A Girl’s Guide to Chaos"

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"A GIRL’S GUIDE TO CHAOS"

by Cynthia Heimel
directed by Kristen Hughes

Cynthia … Kimberley Schaeffer
Cleo … Allison McCann
Rita … Karen Dervin
Lurene … Tracy Seier
Man … Will McGregor

I once read that romance between a man and a woman --- the sweeping, old-fashioned kind --- can only exist if there is inequality between the couple; i.e., that fair lady must wait to be wooed, protected, taken it away from it all (notice how on bodice-buster covers the enraptured heroine gazes up at the hero who crushes her in an impassioned, condescending embrace?) --- since today’s single women are encouraged to make their own way into the world, many of them wonder why they can’t have a job, an identity AND a decent guy if not a White Knight? Cynthia, Cleo and Rita, three girlfriends, ponder their predicament throughout Cynthia Heimel’s comedy A GIRL’S GUIDE TO CHAOS which is nicely tucked onto the intimate Hovey Players’ stage by Kristin Hughes, moaned to perfection by Kimberley Schaeffer as the mercurial masochist, Allison McCann as the businesswoman unlucky in love, and Karen Dervin as the Texan who rolls with the punches, and dryly supported by Tracy Seier as a waitress-confidante and Will McGregor as the men who cross their paths. For ninety uninterrupted minutes, Ms. Heimel examines what today’s single women want --- or think they want --- and she is fair in the Battle of the Sexes (her women are as flawed as her men) and, amazingly, Ms. Heimel neither repeats herself nor runs out of steam. So many priceless lines go whizzing by that it is impossible to quote them; female audiences will enjoy this Girls Night Out and if their male companions aren’t laughing as heartily as they are, perchance that’s because they’re listening --- and learning.

"A Girl’s Guide to Chaos" (14-29 September)
HOVEY PLAYERS
9 Spring Street at Joel’s Way, WALTHAM, MA
1 (781) 893-9171

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