LIVE: “One Slight Hitch” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

July 12th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Sara
 A sob session with (l to r) Clea Alsip, Lizbeth Mackay, Jeanna Phillips, Megan Ketch in a scene from One Slight Hitch at Williamstown Theatre Festival (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

A sob session with (l to r) Clea Alsip, Lizbeth Mackay, Jeanna Phillips, Megan Ketch in a scene from One Slight Hitch at Williamstown Theatre Festival (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

With a script by the eminently funny and often over the top political comedian Lewis Black, the play One Slight Hitch carries with it a promise of a laugh or two. But from the moment the lights dim until the curtain call Comedy is King in this farcical tribute to the hysteria surrounding a perfect marriage that is not meant to be.

Lewis Black has to be one of the most manic people I have ever seen on stage, and though he does not appear in One Slight Hitch, his characters are constantly on the move, as he explores the love/hate relationship many people develop for the fuss and expectations that whirl around the planning of a wedding.

It is a delightful, perfect summer theatre offering with tons of laughs and just enough seriousness to avoid being called a farce. The plot is contrived at times, and after the performance it felt like it fit somewhere between a reality show like Bridezilla and a situation comedy. The jokes piled on each other like pancakes at a church fundraiser, and there was both substance and silliness to feast on.

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