Wedding day farce a piece of cake for Waukesha Civic Theatre
Simple set, fine acting in 'Perfect Wedding'
Lots can go wrong on a wedding day, from fashion malfunctions to reception rowdiness.
But when the groom wakes up on his wedding day in the honeymoon suite with a strange, pretty, naked woman in bed beside him, a domino effect of disasters ensues in the farce "Perfect Wedding."
The show, Waukesha Civic Theatre's latest, features a small ensemble cast that really has to manage the fast-paced repartee and double talk as the groom and his best man weave an incredible web of deception in order to keep the wedding on track.
Like all good romps, there are people popping in and out of rooms, hiding behind doors and pretending to be someone else. The pace is frenetic. You could miss a sight gag if you blink or a great line if you cough.
The show runs pretty much in real time, some two hours before the couple is about to be married.
Ian Curtis as Bill, the groom, starts the first domino as he tries to explain to his best man, Tom (James Boylan), about the stag party the night before and his inability to remember how this woman turned up in his bed the next morning. Only the woman (Allison Chicorel) can really say what happened that night, and she's not telling … at least not until 100 minutes or so of the show have passed.
Lies and deception abound as fantastic tales are devised on the spot to placate all involved. Even the maid (Tanya Tranberg) gets sucked into the plot, while the bride (Katlin Drew) becomes increasingly frustrated with the bizarre tales that produce tension not only in the honeymoon suite, but throughout the hotel.
Curtis gets the comedy off on the right foot as the totally flustered Bill, who has lots of explaining to do when the mystery woman pops up on his wedding day. He fusses and fumes, hems and haws, pulls his hair and gestures nervously as he tells one tall tale after another. Curtis and Boylan are marvelous as they carry the load of the comedy with impeccable timing and walk a tightrope to disaster.
Chicorel works especially well with Boylan, displaying a real ease and lightness in their scenes as well as in those with Curtis. Tranberg as the maid keeps an even keel as she is pushed and pulled by the main characters to help their cause. Yet, like a pesky child, she sometimes says too much.
Maureen Chobanoff bursts on the scene at the end of the first act as the bride's mother and makes the most of a small role, throwing more fuel on the raging fire of the prenuptial confusion.
As the bride, Drew probably could have reached a boiling point long before the lies stacked up higher than a wedding cake. Her over-the-top meltdown is well done.
After several WCT shows involving complicated sets, this show was basically one-dimensional. The simple, functional set had virtually no moving parts and let the audience clearly view the two rooms of the honeymoon suite and the doors into both, as well as the door to the bathroom.
Director Kelly Krause did a fine job of getting her ensemble cast up to speed for this fast and furious farce.
IF YOU GO
Who: Waukesha Civic Theatre
What: "Perfect Wedding"
When: Through Feb. 23
Where: 264 W. Main St.
Tickets: (262) 547-0708; wwwwaukeshacivictheatre.org
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Fire at Waukesha residence starts while tenant was working on vehicle
- Editorial: Will history repeat itself? For the sake of the old Waukesha County Courthouse, we hope not
- Waukesha man charged after allegedly assaulting and groping teenage girl
- Waukesha Community Briefs: Blood donor reward, autism fundraiser and more
- Waukesha man faces hit-and-run charge tied to February bar incident
- Waukesha Police Report: April 2, 2015 issue
- Waukesha developer says condos were in his plan, but he wanted to preserve the Blair House
- Town, school board races highlight spring election in Waukesha
- Waukesha County Museum will temporarily close as part of new plan
- Commentary: Considering downtown Waukesha's long-term future