“If you don’t see this frothy, fun, fabulous production, you will have only regrets! Everyone loves a wedding, especially when it brings out all the best in melodrama, murderous comments and mirth as it does in the featured family and friend, and a maid.”
Jenni Prisk, Actors Alliance of San Diego
Directed with a sharp eye for fashion and foibles by the very talented Jessica John who has assembled a dream cast, you will laugh and remember the weddings you’ve been to, the ones you avoided, and the marriages that should have happened, but didn’t, because of ridiculous laws that prevented them.
The play opens in a gorgeous living room (designed by Matt Scott) in Manhattan, in the home of Tibby & Jack McCullough. Myra Kesselman the McCullough’s maid dramatically answers the doorbell. Hank Hadley, designer to the stars and a very close friend of Tibby, enters and submits to the role required of him by Myra as they wittily riff off each other, and will continue to do throughout the two-hour production.
Tibby enters in a blaze of red chiffon (gorgeous costume design throughout by Alina Bokovikova) and the irony begins. She and Hank are off to see a friend Sarah who’s had so many facelifts she has lost all expression. Tibby and Hank have accompanied each other to many society parties since the death of Hank’s partner Mike after 31 years together.
Daughter Spencer McCullough bursts through the door with extreme excitement to announce her engagement. Daddy, Jack McCullough, a prominent attorney arrives home and amidst the celebration, profound (and funny) conversations on marriage ensue. Should you be in love? Is it better to get married, or just live together? And in the midst of it all, Jack announces that he has been invited by the President (of the Bush kind) to revisit the country’s laws of marriage.
In the second act, as we lead up to Spencer’s wedding day, Marietta Claypoole (Tibby’s Mother) arrives wearing a garbage bag and tissue boxes for shoes. All is explained with much amusement and mayhem. It turns out that Marietta thinks that gay men are not fit for marriage…after all she married five of them!
There are moments when playwright Paul Rudnick’s script gets preachy and works too hard to get the equality message across. However, the quick fire dialogue takes care of most of the discrepancies. Especially when all the gays in Manhattan take the day (before the wedding!) off and the city almost grinds to a stop.
Teri Brown is marvelous as Myra. Her sudden entrances and over-the-top exits allow her to showcase her talent for accents and characters. Andrew Oswald is a splendid Hank, finding all the right nuances, humor, sadness and impish delight in his character.
Kerry McCue brings laconic style to her delivery; she is sharp, witty and wonderful. Charles Maze as her long-suffering yet in-love husband is debonair and refined, until his night on the town.
Rachael VanWormer is earnest and beautiful as she declares her intelligence and experience as an attorney, and her love for her husband-to-be. And Dagmar Krause Fields as Marietta is a sophisticated hoot! She has a way with words that make them zing, and she takes no prisoners. Marvelous wigs (Peter Herman) delightful and appropriate music (Kevin Anthenill) and a first class cast make this a night of nuptial nonsense. See it before it closes on September 21!