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THEATER REVIEW: North Coast Rep’s “Perfect Wedding”

You couldn’t invent a better setup for farce than this: groom-to-be Bill (Christopher M. Williams) wakes up in the honeymoon suite of a spiffy hotel to find a beautiful but unknown woman beside him. Worse, today is his wedding day and bride-to-be Rachel (Amanda Schaar) will arrive shortly.

The slightly hysterical groom reveals the problem to best man Tom (Jason Maddy), whose job – making sure final arrangements go as planned – will be seriously compromised by the strange woman who has now locked herself in the bathroom. Little does he suspect she is his girlfriend Judy (Brenda Dodge).

Let’s see, who’s missing? Ah yes, hotel maid Julie (Kerry McCue), who will walk in just in time to be mistaken for Judy, and the bride’s meddlesome mother Daphne (Linda Van Zandt), who will also show up at an inopportune moment.

Matthew Wiener must have had a wonderful time directing Robin Hawdon’s 1994 frantic “Perfect Wedding,” playing through Aug. 11 at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. The situations are goofy, familiar and extremely funny, the cast is terrific and so is the tech work (Matt Novotny’s lighting design and Nicholas Drashner’s sound design).

Marty Burnett’s scenic design is brilliant (when have I not said that?), as are Jeannie Galioto’s costumes and Peter Herman’s hair and wig designs.

Williams and Maddy play wonderfully off each other – Williams the harried groom who got so sloshed at his bachelor party that he really can’t recall last night at all, nor who that woman is nor whether or not they did anything salacious (but guilt stalks him, just in case) and Maddy a pleasure to watch as the loyal friend who wants to support his buddy, but finds it more and more difficult.

McCue’s maid Julie is a hoot and gets funnier by the minute, as she gets dragged deeper and deeper into the craziness.

Dodge’s Judy is alternately confused suspicious and nonplused at the goings-on, while Schaar – who just wants a normal wedding – wonders why everybody’s acting so weird.

Van Zandt plays the thankless role of the annoying mother with spirit and good humor.

Sometimes, on a warm summer evening, you just want to relax and watch a silly comedy that doesn’t demand too much of you. “Perfect Wedding” is the perfect pick.

The details

“Perfect Wedding” plays through Aug. 11 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Wednesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm.

Tickets: (858) 481-1055 or HERE.

To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.