Zany situations make for a ‘Perfect Wedding’ at North Coast Rep
By Diana SaengerSummer is all about fun, and Matthew Wiener, director of “Perfect Wedding” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), said this comedy is definitely about fun.
The audience is in for a night of traditional English bedroom farce with slamming doors, miscommunications, confusing identities, who slept with whom, and who loves whom and who doesn’t love them.
“It’s silly fun and then ... there’s the chambermaid,” Wiener said.
Written by Robin Hawdon, the comedy takes place on what is supposed to be the wedding day for two lovebirds. An inner alarm rings when Bill (Christopher M. Williams) wakes up to find a strange woman next to him in the bed.
He panics when he realizes his bride, Rachel (Amanda Schaar), could arrive any moment.
Tom (Jason Maddy), the best man, quick on his feet, ushers the unknown girl into the bathroom. Quickly Tom decides to pass her off as his girlfriend. What happens when the real girlfriend shows up is just the beginning of an overflowing barrel of laughs.
Wiener is not new to directing locally or to comedies. He directed “Shipwrecked!” and “Lend Me a Tenor,” at NCRT, and more than 30 productions for Actors Theatres. Weiner said he adores farces, but admits they are not easy to pull off.
“It’s hard is to create a farce because it’s a different type of comedy than normal comedy,” he said.
“Farce has its own set of rules and a certain wackiness to it. Usually, that comes from an outside pressure and is really about timing. In ‘Perfect Wedding,’ it’s a wedding day, so they need to fix things in an instant or there won’t be a wedding.”
In addition to timing, Wiener said the plotting of a farce is extra complex, as well. “There are so many pieces that have to come together ... ‘Perfect Wedding’ has many twists and then there’s the bride’s mother Daphne (Linda Van Zandt). She’s a disruptive force that must be dealt with.
“In a farce, a group of unusual people is faced with incredible obstacles that they have to solve in a very short time. How they do that becomes highly entertaining.”
The skills for farce require precise talents that Wiener said he was delighted to find in his cast, which includes Brenda Dodge (Judy) and Kerry McCue (Julie).
There’s a lot of timing to get right, along with a lot of tight chorography and being able to deliver very quick dialogue.
If you go■ What: ‘Perfect Wedding’
■ When: Matinees, evenings to Aug. 11
■ Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach
■ Tickets: $37-$54
■ Box Office: (858) 481-1055