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’60s party with the gals a fun jaunt

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DILLON ” While tame compared to today’s standards, the bachelorette party in the ’60s depicted in the Lake Dillon Theatre’s new play has one entirely familiar and continued tradition ” the alcohol.

But an even greater thread that remains timely from nearly 50 years ago, is the talk of single girls.

In fact, if “Sex and the City” were a 1960s musical, it would be “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” written by Milwaukee playwright Roger Bean.

First off, the tunes. Walking away from the play, those tunes, specifically the title song, along with many others you haven’t heard in a while (and certainly not live) will stick with you for a few days. And with musical numbers far outnumbering dialogue sequences, it’s one after another of the upbeat sounds.

Actresses Kelly Renoux, Leslie Chapman, Michelle Marzo and Bri McDonald bring to life classics such as “My Boy Lollipop,” “Baby I’m Yours,” “I Will Follow Him,” “I Stand Accused,” “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” and “Hurt So Bad” as the four try to understand love, and the men who make it complicated.

Although it was a time of bridal showers more than bachelorette parties, the awakening in women that a ring and a wedding wasn’t necessarily it for them was burgeoning.

The four women represent different archetypes: Sally (Renoux) is the modern women, often described by her friends as trampy; Millie (McDonald) has the perfect marriage … on the surface; Dee-Dee (Chapman) knows a real love with her boyfriend; and Flo (Marzo) is always crushing on someone.

Set in the vibrant style of the 60s, director Chris Alleman said he was able to get many of the props at local stores since mod seems to be making a comeback. Costumes with short skirts and bright print patterns are set off by a lava lamp and a bubble machine which goes off at poignant times during the play.

A Magic 8-Ball even makes an appearance ” causing havoc with unwanted predictions.

The regional premiere of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” opens at the Lake Dillon Theatre today, and will continue Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 1.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

– What: “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”

– When: Opens today and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through April 1.

– Where: Lake Dillon Theatre

– Tickets: $22 for adults and $18 for students. (970) 513-9386

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