PERFECT WEDDING by Robin Hawdon
April 27 to May 19, 2018
Director: Anne Harper
All production photos by Dave A. Fitzpatrick
“Matthew Martineau handles the main character’s role of Bill with wonderful wit”
“Rebekka Gondosch (Julie, the chambermaid) … her Irish accent adds just that much more to the character role. Gondosch actually steals the show on several occasions”
“This is a wonderful production to end the season.”
“The standout performance came from Rebekka Gondosch as Julie the chambermaid”
“Matthew Martineau, who played husband-to-be Bill, did a fantastic job”
“Madeleine Swinkin’s turn as Rachel, the beautiful bride-to-be, was effortless and charming.”
“Jocelyn Feltham had a challenging job … which she managed to pull off seamlessly.”
“Cam Parkes as Bill’s best man Tom, was both endearing and enraging. “
“Gloria Lambert was perfectly cast as the overbearing and somewhat kooky mother of the bride”
“I am a subscriber, I was at Perfect Wedding last night, and have already renewed for next year, but I have to go on record – last night was absolutely marvelous!
“We don’t get a chance to give great big standing cheers and bravos to the set design and construction people – what a superb incredible job they do normally, and last night for Perfect Wedding in particular.”
~ voicemail message left on our reservation line
About the play….
A bridegroom wakes up in his bridal suite with a hangover on the morning he’s about to be married, and turns to the woman in bed beside him . . . and he hasn’t the faintest recollection who she is. But he does recall that his bride-to-be is about to arrive any moment. During the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives, the woman is trapped in the bathroom, and the best man gets pressed into action – at considerable risk to his own happiness. By the time the bride’s mother gets in on the act, the chaos reaches hysterical (and hilarious) proportions! A bedroom farce in the best tradition.
“The play moves at the speed of light, with a riot a minute that leaves the audience crying with laughter…The perfect medicine for all those thinking about getting married.”
– Hull Daily Mail
About Robin Hawdon, the playwright….
In his early twenties Robin Hawdon’s face became well known to audiences through regular British television series appearances and a number of films, including his starring role in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. On stage Robin was seen in several leading roles in London’s West End and around the country, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion. Shortly after, his career as a playwright progressed as well. His most famous play (aside from Perfect Wedding) is Don’t Dress For Dinner (based on a French play by Marc Camoletti) which ran in the West End for six years, and has played all over the world – including the Village Playhouse in 2007. He is also a stage director and a novelist.
About Anne Harper, the director….
Among the plays Anne has directed at Village Players are Powers and Gloria, Murder in Green Meadows, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Dangerous Obsession, Tartuffe, Cyprienne, Humble Boy, The Winslow Boy, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Cause Célèbre, All My Sons, The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sea Marks, Bus Stop, My Three Angel, The Odd Couple. Recent directing gigs elsewhere include A Lion in Winter (Amicus), Gloria’s Guy (Alumnae) and Speaking in Tongues (East Side). Anne was last seen on stage at Village Players as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She’s also president of the Village Players Board of Directors.