note: entire contents copyright 2001 by Beverly Creasey
"Joey And Maria's Comedy Wedding" owes more to the stand up comics than it does to Shakespeare. The comedy is broad and low (as in "brow") and aimed squarely below the belt.
The Tremont Playhouse is more club than theater --- most of the wedding guests drank, smoked and boogied the night away, egged on by Rocco, Joey, and Cousin Carmella.
The buffet (included with your ticket) as ably catered by La Famiglia Giorgio of the North End...and the lasagna is molto bene. The jokes, however, are plenty raunchy: one of Joey's ushers kept telling us older ladies to "cover our ears." Each table is visited by members of the wedding party: Rocco gave me a used (i.e. useless) scratch lottery ticket, and the father of the bride roundly complained that he was in hock to some shady loan shark for the cost of the wedding.
An X-rated version of the Macarena is pretty funny and the boys perform half of The Full Monty, which is met with delighted squeals from the young women in attendance. The club was packed with 30-somethings. One friendly blonde woman said she had seen the show five times "...because it reminded me of my father's relatives."
If clubbing is your cup of tea and you like your humor raw, then Joey and Maria will get hitched next weekend ... every weekend. Bona fortuna.