‘Bachelorette’: A Women’s Hurly-Burly

Rub-a-dub-dub, three dames in a tub! In a lot of vino with a little veritas.

three girls in a bath tub with champagne

Photo: Mike Price

(from left) Margaret Katch, Caitlin Collins, Jillian Burfete "Caitlin, Margaret & Jillian preparing for their roles as Regan, Gena and Katie

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Bachelorette

a darkly comic trio of jealous women and a resolute bride


Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium

Previews Mar 22 and 24, opening 25, run through April 8, 2012

812 323 3020

Bachelorette by Leslye Headland at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium is the Cardinal Stage Company’s rowdy, dark comedy. The night before a wedding, a jealous maid of honor Regan, Caitlin Collins, has invited a couple of party-’til-you-puke friends played by Jillian Burfete and Margaret Katch to join her in trashing the bride’s suite.

It’s about an hour later when the bride-to-be, played by Emily Solt, shows up. The suite is a shambles. Regan, her maid of honor has cheated on her long term boyfriend with a stranger who can’t remember her name, played by Mike McNamara. Katie played by Burfete is passed out in the bath tub and resisting the efforts to revive her by another stranger played by Kelly Lusk. Gena, played by Katch, is down stairs looking for someone to sew up the wedding dress that the twosome has ripped apart.

If Bachelorette were a conventional comedy, all of the action leading up to the bride’s arrival would be mad cap physical stuff. Stock characters would go through the motions to a set up that would then be resolved with apologies, a few things that would pass as insights and some pairings. Playwright Headland doesn’t let the characters or the audience off that easily. There are insights, but they are hard fought and develop naturally out of the action and the characters that come alive in this very well acted production.

Jillian Burfete is enormously funny and pathetic and funny again as the innocent Katie. Margaret Katch’s Gena is both an enabler and when it comes down to it, a friend. Caitlin Collins as the jealous maid of honor makes a real serpent, but a wounded one, out of Regan. Of the men, Mike McNamara is the emptily smooth guy who talks a better line than he can walk. Kelly Lusk is the boy inside the man who wants to stay a boy. Emily Solt, as the bride-to-be has the challenging task of arriving in the midst of chaos after the audience has a lot of time with everyone else. Her poise, grace and finally bitter anger are very nicely handled.

Imaginative staging and direction is by the company’s founding Artistic Director Randy White. The very classy upscale suite was designed by Shane Cinal. Eye catching costumes are by Nicole Zausmer.

The Cardinal Stage Company’s Bachelorette, Leslye Headland’s ‘hurly-burly’ for girls at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, plays through April eighth.

 

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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