10/22/2014 5:53 PM
This is a classic English farce with the usual stock characters: a deaf grandfather, an amnesiac, a frustrated wife, a battle-ax grandma, an irate father of the groom, the "normal"l friend, a temperamental bride-to-be and a young flapper from the 20's who's a ghost. Written in the early 1970's, the script is a bit dated in places, but otherwise, it works well. It would probably be considered "a light bit of fluff" by most critics and theatre-folk, but it still requires skilled acting and directing to pull it off well. Good singing skills are required of the actors playing the flapper and the father of the bride (the amnesiac). Evenly balanced cast with 4 men and 4 women, with the bride and the flapper being the youngest, everyone else should be 40 or over. It's a great show for Community Theatre companies, who often need to consider things which might be offensive to their audiences. No foul language, nudity, or overt sexuality. The bride's mother is trying to keep the fact of her daughter's having slept with her fiancé before the wedding a secret from the bride's father. Wow. Heavy stuff. The play IS English, and best done with English accents, if the actors can manage it, but would probably work as well without them.
I enjoyed reading it, actually laughing out loud at some of the jokes and lines. If done well, it could be a very entertaining piece of theatre.