Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Really Big Wedding Dress"

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"The Really Big Wedding Dress"

by Julie Rold
Directed by Eve Muson

Costume Design by Bob Pagliarulo
Stage Manager Jessica Martin
Assistant Stage Manager Brigid Connelly
Sound Design by Rick Brenner
Production Manager Meg Boone
Scenic Design by Paul Theriault
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow

Customer........................Ashley Ayer
Daddy......................Dayle Ballentine
Mama................Margaret Ann Brady
Naomi...........................Jan Davidson
Grady..............................Doug Flynn
Lorne Jean.....................Julie Perkins
Pudgy...........................Ryan Pothier
Tommy........................Paul Ricciardi

Not big in size here, big in Splash. The proprietor of the boutique in Owensboro, Kentucky, believes ANY of life's little disasters can be transformed into triumph by wearing the right dress [ In case you hadn't guessed, this is a comedy.] --- and certainly the right wedding dress. In fact, she's of the opinion that, had Lorne Jean only picked a better frock, Tommy her intended (married on the rebound though he was) wouldn't have fallen to his death from the top row at the demolition derby/bachelor party like he done. But her one true (though periodically roving) love Grady persists in Not popping the question no matter what she does --- until everyone else in the play is getting married, and Lorne Jean's "bridesmaid's outfit" brings him to his senses and the play to it's fitting and, if not a perfectly happy, at least the happiest possible ending, under the circumstances. [Did I mention this is a com... oh, I did didn't I!]

This is a saga redolent of the subtle passions and chthonic verities of country & western ballads, full of quick-changes, fright-wigs, lightning changes in real-life situations, and down-home accents as thick and exaggerated as day-old corn-pone. Ain't nothing missing here but greens, grits, blackeyed-peas and okra, I do believe. The action is as swift and sketchy as an animated cartoon, and the playing as broad and hilarious yet flawlessly timed and full of surprises as a HeeHaw re-run. The actors up there on the cast-list mostly play several parts or several states of exaggerated emotionality, but that director-lady sees to it everything surprises and nothing this hilarious script provides escapes send-up.

Sometimes, a big splash of frivolity is precisely the right thing!

Love,
===Anon.


"The Really Big Wedding Dress" (26 & 27 February, 13 & 16 - 17 March)
Boston Women On Top
Boston Center for The Arts, Tremont Street, BOSTON
1(617) 426-2787

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