FRINGE REVIEW: Guys in Disguise delivers with Crack in the Mirror

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Stop 11: Varscona Theater (10329 83 Ave.)

It’s 1977 and the women of this suburban cul-de-sac have planned a support meeting.

In her loud muumuu and big pearls, Melanie is the host this week and the super mom is ready for her guests – the chiselled crystal rosé is ready, the fancy spray cheese hors d’oeuvres are laid out and her mirror hand is sanitized.

Ruth, a new divorcee, set the agenda — okay, Gloria Steinem set the agenda — which is probably the reason for so many last-minute cancellations. But the widow Ginger arrives, ignoring the discussion of the day, and the three women decide to push together in the field of women’s liberation.

“Speaking of looking at rugs, that’s what we’re here to do,” Ruth reminds the group.

This rambunctious comedy goes straight to the heart of a time when women were stepping out of the patriarchal shadows and overcomes many obstacles – some obvious, some less so – along the way.

Guys in Disguise turns 35, and there’s a reason the troupe’s longevity. The writing is tight, bright, and laughs at every opportunity. The characters are unique and well-developed, and the actors polished, even in this Thursday night preview.