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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822213672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822213673
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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This play is a must-read for anyone who says there are no good roles for women in the theatre. Ball's compassion for each of these extremely different female characters is unparalleled by any other male playwright. A joy to read (and perform) Five Women... will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with each of its characters.
Monologue seekers--there's some good stuff here, definitely check this one out!
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Alan Ball who also happens to be the autor of American Beauty is amazing. His writing in Five Women is so incredible. It brings a contrast between characters who all have the same feeling about the wedding. Each one of the five women has a very defined personality and is funny and witty at the same time! A fantastic play that my theatre company is thinking about doing.
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Alan Ball's two act non-musical play, "Five Women wearing The Same Dress" is something that touches us all because in one way or another, we've all lived it. To begin, you already know Alan Ball becausse his television series "Six Feet Under" was known even to people who did not get HBO. (I watched it's entirety on DVD. Mr. Ball is today's Bernard Shaw; Today's Briajn Friel; Tenneseee williams; Today's Edward Albee; Tolday's promise that the American Theatre is not dead but thriving with brilliance, wamrth and truth.

What happens at a reunion? This tiopouc is well studied in film, theatre, teleivision and literature, but so much exists worth exploring in the convcept of looking back at one's life and seeing how it affected you that the subject is just as fresh as Kaufman & Hart's "Merrily We Roll Along", Sondheim's "Follies", "Is There Life After high School, "The Heidi Chronicles" and onward. In this case we have five bridesmaids who take turns escaping from the reception to one of the oppulent bedrooms upstairs. The five women have one thing in common: at one point they were all connected in some way to tracy, the bride whom we never see and whom is described as a Macy's day float in her dress. Their own dresses are typical hporrific dresses complete with hats. Each woman arrives with expectations, surprised to be a bridesmaid and very different from each other. By the end of the evening (the play runs just over two hours with an intermission) each of he women have a lot more in common than Tracy and have learned that perhaps they dpon't even have Tracy as a piece of unity. It is no accident that we never see her.

The dialogue- and monologues for you acting students - is fresh and honst; fast paced like an Aaron Sorkin or Joss Wheedon script, yet paces well.
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I used this book for use in acting class for a specific scene with nice amounts of dialogue between two women. I like the idea of the book, and Ball's attempt to make the women sound and appear realistic and authentic, but it definitely fell short in some places. Worked well for class, though, as you really have to look into your objectives since all of these women have a lot of issues.
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Looking for a monologue piece for high school students, we decided to give this a try after receiving some recommendations from friends. The binding was good and looks like it could hold up for a couple of weeks of being thrown around in a backpack to and from rehearsal as well as being back folded while people are learning their lines. Not being familiar with this one I gave it a read and it was pretty good and I wouldn’t mind seeing it performed.
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By A Customer on November 19, 2000
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I've seen a production of Alan M. Ball's Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at a local community theatre, and was high impressed. Ball has a very distinct writing style, that underneath all the laughs, there is some kind of twisted mass of drama that is not always viewable throughout the script. On top of that drama, neatly and strategically placed is a laugh-fest of comedy. Five Women... encompasses all aspects of this. A truely wonderful show and script.
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This is a great modern play that is perfect for a cast of strong female characters. This play is written in a way that you can easily picture all of the conversations happening.
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A very good dramedy with lots of realism and great lines. I can't wait for an opportunity to direct this in theatre. Funny lines, solid characters, and a plot that is mostly just about who the characters are and what they do instead of a whole lot of momentous action, climaxes, and storytelling. Definitely worth it
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