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.