One slight hitch makes for a funny wedding day
MORRISBURG - Even when everything goes right, weddings can be chaotic, but when there's one slight hitch, a wedding day can go hilariously wrong.
That's what happens in the Upper Canada Playhouse's newest offering, One Slight Hitch, a comedy written by well-known American comic Lewis Black, who weaves some subtle social commentary in between the laughs.
"It's a funky little script," says Donnie Bowes, the Morrisburg theatre's artistic director.
With the feel of a good television sitcom, One Slight Hitch tells the story of how Doc and Delia Coleman try to stage a large and elaborate wedding celebration for their daughter, Courtney. The careful plans for the wedding day are disrupted, though, by the arrival of Courtney's ex-boyfriend, not to mention by the antics of Courtney's finacee and two younger sisters.
"I spoil everything," says Allan Cook, who plays the unwelcome ex-boyfriend. "He just tends to make a mess of everything, being who he is."
Courtney's fiancée, played by Ryan Jacobs, is obviously none to happy to see his future's bride's manly ex appear on the scene.
"I'm a confident character who shows up in a world of shenanigans, and things just unravel from there," says Jacobs.
Courtney's family is no less responsible for the mess made of her big day.
"Melanie is a lover of chaos," says Brianne Tucker, who plays one of Courtney's sisters.
The story is set in the early 1980s, and features not only the talents of Cook, Jacobs and Tucker but also Kate Veinotte and Andrew Garfield as Courtney's put-upon parents, Taylor Trowbridge as Courtney, and Alison Mackay as another of her sisters slash bridesmaids.
Except for Trowbridge and Tucker, both new to the Morrisburg stage, audiences will recognize all the performers in One Slight Hitch. In fact, both Veinotte and Garfield starred in the recent playhouse hit, Maggie's Getting Married, which bears a slight resemblance to One Slight Hitch.
"This is like Maggie's Getting Married that's gone off the rails," says Bowes.
One Slight Hitch debuts on August 3 and runs to August 27. Tickets are available online at uppercanadaplayhouse.com, in person at the box office, located at 12320 County Road 2 in Morrisburg, or by calling 613-543-3713 or 1-877-550-3650.