One of the most talked about shows this season has been our first Belwood show, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress. The title alone has sparked a lot of conversations in theatre lobbies, over dinner tables and in casual talk over the winter and spring. But the play is more than just a quirky one-line gag – it’s something much more.
I don’t want to give too much away about this play – keeping people guessing about the times and places when five women would be caught dead wearing the exact same dress is half the fun. But the other half is what’s taking shape in rehearsals, and on that front I can let you in on just a few of this show’s secrets.
The show is being directed by Stacey Ingham, whom some of you may remember from last year’s sleeper hit at the Ennotville Library, First Kisses. Last year marked Stacey’s directorial debut, and in the off-season she’s been studying theatre arts at Sheridan college in Toronto, so for her second season she has come equipped with a wealth of new knowledge about technical stagecraft and even a previous understanding of this play, having worked on the musical version of it at school.
Working on a larger stage and with a bigger cast aren’t the only challenges she faces. While 5 Women is a very, very funny play, it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the humour, so there’s a bit of coarse language and mature content that must be handled very carefully in order to remain both tasteful and true to the intentions of the playwright.
5 Women Wearing the Same Dress opens on Thursday, July 16th and runs for just four performances – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and a 2pm Saturday matinee. Call 519-780-7593 for tickets, or visit www.grinderproductions.org.