Review: ‘Romy and Michele’ and their reunion, on the 5th Avenue Theatre stage

At the 5th Avenue, Robin Schiff’s book for “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” follows her screenplay, right down to the structure that drifts in and out of flashback and fantasy, and it retains that same delightful comic voice.

Who’s ready to have another Romy and Michele day?

The lovable ditzes from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” are back on stage in a new musical adaptation premiering at the 5th Avenue Theatre. It’s a move that brings the characters from the minor cult film full circle — they were sketch comedy personalities and supporting players in writer Robin Schiff’s play “Ladies Room” before making the jump to the screen.

The glitz of a Broadway stage (where the show’s producers hope this musical is headed) would suit these two. They’re irrepressible, thanks to Schiff’s affectionate writing that transcends dumb blonde stereotypes, but they’re also intimately tied to the two distinctive performances that launched them into the pop-culture consciousness. That’s both a hindrance and a help here.

THEATER REVIEW

‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’

Through July 2, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle; $29-$121 (206-625-1900 or 5thavenue.org).

Schiff’s book follows her screenplay closely, right down to the wonky structure that drifts in and out of flashback and fantasy, and it retains that same delightful comic voice: light-on-its-feet banter punctuated with acidic barbs. (There are some good new lines here, but nothing as funny as the movie’s “This dress exacerbates the genetic betrayal that is my legacy,” which is thankfully intact here.)

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As before, best friends Romy (Cortney Wolfson) and Michele (Stephanie Renee Wall) realize their post-high-school life hasn’t been so impressive when they get an invitation for their 10-year reunion. They’ve since escaped from Tucson to Los Angeles, but will…

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