During the curtain calls for this sprightly British comedy, the actors' bows were accompanied by Lohengren's traditional "Wedding March."
Perhaps the theme music from "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" would have been more appropriate.Unless all wedding days are just one disaster after another, the rituals uniting Judy Westerby and Nicholas Babcock were far from "traditional."
The proceedings start off serenely enough - just mother and daughter, Ursula and Judy Westerby (Joanna Charnes and Melissa Timms) pondering the wedding day's events.
But throw a few oddballs into the mix - such as Ursula's parents, Gerald and Daphne Drim-mond (Thom Dillon and Janet Bushnell); the bride's high-strung father, Timothy (Geoff Spade); and dad's business partner, Bill Shorter (Stephen Kerr) - and you have the makings of a typically off-the-wall British comedy.
The pace quickly picks up when sockless and frightfully forgetful Dr. Drimmond turns simple errands into mini-disasters, and the bride's eccentric grandmother, Daphne, constantly intervenes.
But things really turn sticky when the father of the bride, who's busily juggling not only the wedding but a last-minute advertising campaign for the Perkins Brassiere Company, gets soundly bonked on the head . . . and turns bonkers.
He starts seeing things - namely the 1920s flapper who he has envisioned as the dream girl for his bra campaign.
Enter "Miss Polly Perkins," who, sight-unseen (literally) turns the Westerby's London drawing room upside-down.
The action gets pretty frantic (but, I would imagine, it's not very quiet backstage - since Melissa Timms manages to play both the bride AND the hotsy-totsy figment of dad's overzealous imagination.
Michael Elkington doesn't surface until Act Two in the outrageous, but pivotal, role of Charles Babcock - the ever-more-angry father of the groom. It's bad enough that he's come all the way from Sydney, Australia, to find out that no one's bothered to line up accomodations - then he's stranded in St. Bonafice's vickarage waiting for the Westerbys to show up.
Director Ed Gryska has a knack for fast-paced comedy, and "There Goes the Bride" is no exception. He's helped considerably by Marnie Sears, Steve Rasmussen, Brian Jurena and young intern stage manager Brandon Klock for their sets, lighting, costumes/props and directing traffic back stage.
The historic Egyptian, a wacky British comedy and Park City's eclectic collection of cafes and shops . . . that's a fairly unbeatable combination these warm weekend evenings.
- Sensitivity rating: While British comedies can get wild and sensual, this isn't in that category. Some mild profanity, but it's mostly an enjoyable comedy for the whole family.