Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Perfect Wedding"

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"Perfect Wedding"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at the Newport Playhouse is Robin Hawdon's farce "Perfect Wedding". A bridegroom wakes up in the bridal suite on the morning of his wedding day to find an extremely attractive naked girl in bed beside him with his bride to be about to arrive at any moment. Of course the man can't remember the girl due to his post stag party hangover which leads to the pretty stranger locking herself in the bathroom and his bestman reluctantly agreeing to pretend she is his girlfriend only to confuse the housekeeper for this girl. Throw in the bride's daffy mother to the mix of this farce with all the lies, charades and mistaken identities, testing friendships and loyalties and you have the makings of this madcap romp building into a crescendo in no time at all. Director Matt Siravo keeps his six member cast delivering their lines quickly to keep the show in constant motion with much physical humor and door slamming to please an appreciative audience all night long.

Jonathan Perry tackles the huge role of Bill, the naughty bridegroom to be who tries to weasel his way out of this sticky predicament. He has great physical presence in this role and he delivers a winning performance with the humor of his lines. Playing his put upon bestman, Tom is Jason Heywood. He takes this harried but loyal friend to the comic heights with his numerous lines and wonderful timing with Jonathan, making a terrific, crazy duo turning the show into a whirlwind of door slamming, shtick filled fun.( One of Jason's funniest props is a large carving knife.) Lisa Reimer plays Rachel, the beautiful 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. Lisa's expertise as an actress shines through in this role with the timing and delivery of her lines. She also costumed the show and looks gorgeous wearing one of the prettiest wedding dresses I've seen in a play.

Monica Dees, a tall statuesque 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 a call girl then has to pretend to be Tom's girlfriend. Monica runs roughshod over these crazy people calling them rabbits in their bizarre behavior. Maya Manion, a beautiful blond bombshell, plays Judy, the mysterious girl found in Bill's bed. The audience finally finds out who this girl is as the show progresses but revealing it would spoil the ending. Maya runs around the stage trying to cover her tracks only ending up confessing what really happened at the close of the show. Last but not least is veteran actress, Sandra Nicastro who plays Daphne, Rachel's over zealous mother who keeps singing "Here Comes the Bride" while sewing the hem of the wedding gown. Her costume of orange dress with pink shoes and big hat is a hoot. So for a fun filled evening with a delicious buffet before the show which is prepared by Sue Raposa (her potroast will melt in your mouth) and a zany cabaret after it, be sure to see "Perfect Wedding" at Newport Playhouse.

"Perfect Wedding" (17 September - 14 November)
NEWPORT THEATRE
104 Connell Highway, Newport, RI
1 (401) 848-7529

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