Shes invited three men from her mothers past to her wedding on a Greek isle and each of the (wildly different) suitors are in contention for a starring role as her father. What begins as a girls search for her identity becomes her mother Donnas attempt to reconcile her[image-1] past, as she kicks out old demons (and boyfriends) with a song, a sandled foot and a shot of ouzo. As Donna comes to terms with her past and embraces her daughters future, Sophia realizes that she might not have to rush to adulthood just to avoid her making her mothers mistakes.
Perhaps the shows high point is the soundtrack of ABBA hits (all of which I was far too familiar with for my liking) and the outta-this-century costuming. The encore kicks it up a notch, with the cast dressed in sky-high silver platforms and an array of highlighter-bright costumes bedecked with fringe, capes, ruffles, tutus and sequins.If [image-2]youre asking yourself what all that has to do with the story of a wedding on a Greek isle, so is everyone else whos ever seen Mamma Mia! What I do know is that you cant question this much fun. Aug. 11-16, 8 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater, $47-$67, 727-791-7400, rutheckerhall.com.