One Slight Hitch = Riotous Reality
Life can be … complicated. The experiences from generation to generation can – and do – differ. The result? Different priorities, values, desires, hopes, and dreams. And one generation raising another can lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, and disappointments.
(Think inter-generational issues, here.)
One Slight Hitch – a socio-political, wedding day comedic play (inspired by a true story, no less) that’s written by commentator, comedian, and playwright Lewis Black – sheds light on just such a relationship. Relationships, actually – among a war-bride-and-groom couple and their three children. Enjoying its West Coast debut at The Falls Theatre at ACT-A Contemporary Theatre, this play is set in 1981 in Cincinnati suburbia, and directed by New York comedian and actor Joe Grifasi. (Your Hedonista recently attended this production as media.)
Doc (R. Hamilton Wright, who recently played Harry Wilson in Pittman Painters) and Delia Coleman (Marianne Owen) plan the wedding of their middle daughter, Courtney Coleman (Kimberly Sustad) to preppie-yuppie Ryan (Shawn Telford). However, Courtney’s ex-boyfriend drifter-writer Harper (John Ulman, who also works as a photographer and has also performed in Sunlight and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) shows up unknowingly on the wedding day. And the other two daughter/sisters – the elder utterly hedonistic Melanie Coleman (Kirsten Potter, recently Aphra Behn in Or) and the younger fledgling Republican P.B. (Katherine Grant-Suttie) – “help” as only they can. Sounds of laughter – and the odd tear – are guaranteed to ensue. All the cast members are fab, but R. Hamilton Wright’s performance was by far my fav; his comedic timing and emotive responses are simply brilliant.
One Slight Hitch runs June 8th to July 8th, Tuesdays through Sundays; thirteen performances remain. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $55.00, with $15 tickets available for students, $20 tickets available for those 25 years of age and under, and 25% adult tickets for seniors.
Given that now is prime wedding season, dear hedonists, it’s the perfect time to laugh aloud at a wedding that’s close to the heart yet as far-removed as possible.