by Robert Bell
'A ... MY NAME IS ALICE'
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.
"A ... My Name is Alice" is a musical revue that originally opened in 1983. Conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd with tunes written by several other people, the play is made up of several self-contained scenes that all have to do with relationships between women of various ages and backgrounds.
Some of the topics explored include lifelong friendships, sibling rivalries and an exchange between a 50-something widow and a teen-ager. Most of the scenes are songs, but the show is interspersed with a few monologues and a series of poems as well. Several of the songs, including the title tune, as well as "Trash," "For Women Only Poems" and "Welcome to Kindergarten, Mrs. Johnson" were written by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the co-creators of the smash TV series "Friends."
"These cast members are incredibly unique, wildly talented, and each has a different level of life experience that they bring to the stage," Director Duane Jackson said in a statement about the show. "Rehearsal conversations are a hoot, as you can imagine, with me being the only male involved in the show. There is a lot of laughter and love with this cast. And I have learned so much more about life from these ladies." The Weekend Theater's production runs through May 20, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.