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Wedding usher Tripp (Ben St. Hilaire) attracts the attention of the five bridesmaids (from left: Codie Wyatt, Jeryn Pasha, Rita Baxter, Bethany Roddy, Lydia O’Day) in “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” running March 1-17 at Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville.

'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' is filled with laughter, tears, and horrible dresses

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts presents “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball, March 1-17 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. #J, in Marysville.

Directed by David Alan Morrison, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” takes place during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.

The bridesmaids include Frances (Codie Wyatt), a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy (Bethany Roddy), the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne (Rita Baxter), whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith (Jeryn Pasha), the bride's younger sister, whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha (Lydia O’Day), a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp (Ben St. Hilaire), a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

This show is rated PG-13 for mild adult language, mature themes, and recreational drug references.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Red Curtain Arts Center (9315 State Ave, Suite J -- in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the EvCC cosmetology school). Tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors (62+), students and military personnel. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com; at the RCF box office by phone (360.322.7402); or in-person at the arts center Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6 p.m. Discounted tickets for the March 9 performance are also available at the Marysville branch of HomeStreet Bank.

For more information, visit www.redcurtainfoundation.org.

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