Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Perfect Wedding"

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"Perfect Wedding"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at Granite Theatre is Robin Hawdon's farce "Perfect Wedding" which is set in a country hotel outside of Boston. A bridegroom wakes up in the bridal suite on the morning of his wedding day to find an extremely attractive naked girl beside him in bed. His bride-to-be is about to arrive at any moment. Naturally the groom can't remember the girl due to his post stag party hangover. This leads to the pretty stranger locking herself in the bathroom. The groom's best man reluctantly agrees to pretend that this stranger is his girlfriend. Of course he confuses the housekeeper for this girl. Throw in the bride's daffy mother to the mix of this farce and you have the necessary ingredients with all the lies, charades, mistaken identities, testing of friendships and loyalties. The show builds to a crescendo of a madcap romp with lie upon lie. Directed brilliantly by Jude Pescatello who keeps his six performers in constant motion, infusing them with hilarious personas and clever shtick leading to a spontaneous standing ovation at their expertise.

Jude creates some wonderful comic performances with his cast. A bathroom brush is used comically in the show. Stage manager Arthur Pignataro keeps the show running smoothly all night long while Brian Olsen runs lights and sound. David Jepson designed a gorgeous hotel suite set for this show.Matt Royality-Lindman tackles the huge role of Bill, the naughty bridegroom-to-be who tries to weasel his way out of this sticky predicament. He delivers a winning performance with his portrayal and obtains humor from all his lines. The biggest scene stealer in this show is Ben Leatham as Tom, his best man. He takes this harried but loyal friend to the comic heights with his many lines and wonderful comic timing with Matt, making a terrific crazy duo turning the show into a whirlwind of door slamming, shtick filled fun. One of his funniest lines is a tongue twister delivered to a constantly laughing crowd. Ben's funniest prop is a large carving knife that has to be seen to be believed. He proclaims he is going to give someone the biggest vasectomy in the world. Susanne Colle plays Rachel, the beautiful brunette bride to be who's perfect wedding might not be so perfect after all. She makes the unsuspecting girl into a woman on a mission to find out what really happened in the bridal suite. Her expertise as an actress shines through in this role.

Erica Strickland, a pretty blond, plays Julie, the housekeeper who is enlisted to help Bill hide what really happened. She gets more exasperated as she is first mistaken for being a call girl slapping Ben in the face twice then later on has to pretend to be Tom's girlfriend. She also stomps on Ben's foot. Erica runs roughshod over these crazy people calling them rabbits at their bizarre behavior which would be insulting to the rabbits. Rochelle Weinrauch, a beautiful brunette bombshell, plays Judy, the mysterious girl found in Bill's bed. The audience finally finds out who this girl is as the show unfolds but revealing it would spoil the ending. Rochelle runs around the stage trying to cover her tracks only ending up confessing what really happened at the close of the show. She pretends to be the maid at one point in the show which leads to many laughs Last but not least is veteran actress Nancy Pinto who plays Daphne, Rachel's over zealous mother who keeps singing in a high pitched off key voice "Here Come the Bride" while sewing the hem of the wedding gown. The rest of the cast stick their fingers in their ears every time she sings. So for a hilarious farce, be sure to catch "Perfect Wedding" at the Granite Theatre.

"Perfect Wedding" (2 July - 1 August)
GRANITE THEATRE
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI
1 (401)596-2341

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