Bachelorette Celebrates its Chicago Premiere at Profiles Theatre...and, Oh, What a Celebration.

Bachelorette Celebrates its Chicago Premiere at Profiles Theatre...and, Oh, What a Celebration.
(left to right):  Amanda Powell, Hillary Marren, Linda Augusta Orr. Photo credit: Shawn Cagle.

It’s party time at Profiles…but this might not be the party you are expecting.

Bachelorette, the highly-hyped story of mean girls fueled by drugs, alcohol and sex that played to sold-out audiences Off-Broadway in 2010 is making its Midwest premiere at Profiles Theatre.  The play, by 29-year-old playwright Leslye Headland, is a perfect fit for Profiles Theatre who likes to expose the seamy side of life.

Mind you, this is no “Bridesmaids”. Bachelorette is a toxic dark comedy that explores the underbelly of interpersonal relationships with razor-sharp dialogue that pushes the envelope way beyond traditional boundaries. The painfully humorous story exposes the bare bones of party girls on a bad trip.  The three bachelorettes show up “not-quite-invited” to their classmate’s posh hotel room in Manhattan’s Peninsula Hotel where things turn ugly pretty fast.

The bachelorettes, ten years out of high school, can’t believe that their former classmate, the girl everyone called Pig Face, is the first of them to tie the knot–and not just  to anyone.  She has landed a very wealthy and attractive mate.  Half a bathtub of booze later, the former prom queen is melting down, the nice-girl cokehead is on a mission to mend the mauled wedding dress, and the lacerating maid of honor finds her picture-perfect life less stable than it seemed.

The energetic and talented cast of Bachelorette under the direction of Darrell W. Cox were well-chosen for the production.  The cast includes Profiles’ ensemble member Eric Burgher (A Behanding in Spokane, Kid Sister) along with guest artists Hillary Marren, Linda Augusta Orr, Rakisha Pollard, Amanda Powell and Adam Soule.

The design team of Scott Davis (set) and Bekki Lambrecht (lights) has used the small Profile Theatre 65-seat space to their advantage by enclosing the stage area creating the feeling of an intimate hotel room that includes the audience.  Other members of the production team include: Jeffrey Levin (sound and original music), and Erica Griese (costumes). Profiles ensemble member Maryann Carlson is the stage manager and Kristin Barnett is assistant stage manager.

About the Author.

“I had this idea for writing a cycle of plays on each of the seven deadly sins,” said playwright Leslye Headland.  “I was particularly interested in the shifting morality of people in their late twenties because it is a time when people are dealing with so many different competing standards of behavior. With Bachelorette I wanted to look at female drug abuse and female gluttony. I placed the story at a wedding because I realized a lot of what underlies party seeking behavior is self-pity. Where are women most self-pitying? It’s probably other people’s weddings. That’s probably the height of when women feel sorry for themselves—when one person is being celebrated and moving into adulthood and everyone else is just miserable.”

The Movie.

Bachelorette has been made into a film, adapted from Headland’s stage play starring Kirsten Dunst that was screened at Sundance 2012.  It scheduled to be released in theaters this summer.

Tickets.

Thursdays are $35, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $40; Students and Senior Citizens receive a $5 discount on all performances; Group rates are available. Buy online at Profiles Theatre or (773) 549-1815. 4147 N. Broadway.

Parking.

Parking is available for $10 – $12 at 4100 N. Clarendon (One block east of the theatre at the corner of Clarendon and Belle Plaine).

Dining.

Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, offers a large selection of craft beers in addition to a full bar and pub food at reasonable prices in a comfortable atmosphere. Be sure to ask about their specials. BOB is less than one block from the theatre. 773 525 8665.

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