The D*Word D*Lights Orlando

Guest Post by SeaWorld Mommy

Just about every woman on earth can relate to being “Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating” at one time or another. While not currently dating anyone but my husband, I will cop to having been the other three in my not-so-distant past. I can assure you, I didn’t have nearly as much fun experiencing those Ds in real life as I did watching them being performed in The D*Word, A Musical, on stage select nights in its World Premier at The Abbey through March 2.

The D*Word follows four women commiserating over their lack of success in finding love. They’re all Holding Out for a Hero and find through their journey that although Love Hurts, it’s worth the trip when you have friends—and a few bottles of wine—along the way.

Creator Jeanie Linders who brought unexpected laughter in Menopause The Musical® is at it again in The D*Word, by touching on subjects that embody the whole “misery loves company” notion. Gal pals will revel in the ability to “see” themselves in just that situation being acted out and will find themselves singing along to familiar tunes in the process. Think group therapy, set to a jukebox score. With wine.

Erica (Angie McKnight) and Kate (Laura Wright) sipping some Middle Sister wine and sharing their woes.  Photo by Alex Meissner

Sarah Hester Ross plays the always-a-fiancee, never-a-bride woman who wore a big fat diamond (can we say “overcompensating”?!) for six and a half years. Turns out his great taste in jewelry is matched only by his taste in furnishings, clothes…. Oh, and men.

Erica, played by Angie McKnight, has been fourteen (FOURTEEN?!) years without sex. She’s decided it’s time to get back in the game although her butt-insky Sissy has little time for encouragement in her weekly calls. Good thing she’s got some new friends to help her!

Laura Wright is Kate, who pines for a child… yearns for a child… LONGS for a child. Will she find Mr. Dad? Or “just” a good man.

And then there’s the vivacious DeeDee (Jacinda Rose Swinehart) whose husband left her for a new model. She’s got the Hot Stuff, despite what he thinks.

Jen (Sarah Hester Ross), Erica (Angie McKnight), DeeDee (Jacinda Rose Swinehart), Kate (Laura Wright) Photo by Christine Young

While being thoroughly impressed with the amazing vocal talents of the cast, I was distracted a few times with some lighting choices and a pesky mic that threatened to crackle my ears to death. Minor technical issues notwithstanding, The D*World is a whole lot of girl-power, ladies-night-out kind of fun.

Orlando women… put on some sequins, and head on out for a whole lot of wine, women, and song, not necessarily in that order. Make sure you have a friend or two (or five), as it’s more fun to laugh about the time you were D*ed by that guy (or girl!) when you can remember surviving… together.