The Wedding Party

Crows Theatre’s first production in its new home – Streetcar Crowsnest, a lovely addition to the Toronto theatre scene was all laughs all the time. The Wedding party is a collaborative creation based on characters created by Trish Lindstrom, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney and Bahia Watson and written by Kristen Thomson. Not all the creators were available for the production, so Jason Cadieux and Virgilia Griffith stepped in for Nappo and Watson.

The play takes place at a wedding reception, hosted by the father of the groom (Rooney) because he is rich and the mother of the bride (Thomson) is not. The cast of six handle at least thirty parts among them, and an enormous number of fast costume changes. Rooney has three main roles – the father of the groom his twin brother, and the sister of the bride. But he fills in as a waiter, videographer as needed. You can probably  now tell that this is not a subtle comedy, or an elegant drawing room comedy of witty repartee. It is very broad slapstick, but very controlled. The cast are so talented that things never feel out of control, just like they might become out of control.

There are drunks, fights, lovelorn boys (Trish Lindstrom is brilliant in that role), grandpas in wheelchairs, grandmas with canes and even a dog (Thomson). I can’t decide which scene I liked the best – Rooney having a fight with his twin brother, Thomson being the dog or Lindstrom declaring her love for the wedding planner. And of course, I can’t forget Moya O’Connell as the stepmother of the groom, the best man (woman) and various other waiters, etc. She was hilarious as the step mother, full of angst about how things were going.

If you can still get a ticket – get one! Cheap and worth so much more.

And I should mention that the Crowsnest can be rented for events and would be a great venue for a real event.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Wedding Party

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Let’s hear it for the six hardest working actors in Toronto at the moment! It was hard to believe there were not more of them playing the large cast of characters. Backstage must have been (controlled) chaos, with all the costume changes.

    Controlled chaos is actually a good description of the play too – it always seemed on the edge of losing control , but never stepped over that edge. The humour was broad and slapstick, but that’s hard to do well – and this cast definitely did it well.

    A fun evening.

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