Small-town life may be small, but it’s rarely simple; that’s what they discover in Budapest (pronounced boo-DA-pest), Illinois as the members of the local women’s club decorate their float for the town holiday parade.
It’s a motley crew. Doodee (Wendy Robie) is the town doer; she’s the first to help, but the first to judge. Char (Rengin Altay) is a divorced real estate agent in need of a change; Arletta (Peggy Roeder) is the small-minded busybody, and Luce (Amy Matheny) and Marty (Adrianne Cury) are two women attempting to take their attraction to the next level.
Patricia Kane’s script has tone changes that strain credibility; Luce is reluctant to embrace a lesbian relationship but becomes Don Juanita by the second act. But Kane’s punchy dialogue and surprising twists keep you entertained and rooting for her characters. Leslie Buxbaum Danzig’s fluid direction keeps the tight ensemble sparking. It’s a fun, far-from-silent night. (Lisa Buscani)
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont, (773)975-8150. Through December 12.