By Jack Heifner
Directed by Harriette Mastin
February 14, 15 and 16, 1980
Old Boardtown Cafeteria
Featuring - Marilyn Blake, Kathy Poling and Laurie Wolverton
Vanities is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small town women coming of age in the 1960s and ‘70s. It's an astute, snapshot-sharp chronicle look at their lives with witty dialogue that keeps the audience laughing throughout the production.
As the audience enters the theatre the actresses are onstage at their vanity tables getting ready for the first scene, placing the show on an “automatic pilot.” The actresses return to the vanities at the end of each scene making their physical changes of the passing of time on-stage in front of the audience, timed and choreographed with the music from each period.
A bittersweet comedy that is an astute, snapshot-sharp chronicle of the lives of three regional, small town girls. In 1963, Joanne, Kathy and Mary are aggressively vivacious cheerleaders. Five years later in their college sorority house, they are confronting their futures with nervous jauntiness. In 1974, they reunite briefly in New York. Their lives have diverged — their friendship, which once thrived on assumption as well-coordinated as sweater sets, is strained and ambiguous. Old-time banter rings false. Their attempts at honest conversation only show they can no longer afford to have very much in common.