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Four Weddings and an Elvis
a Comedy
by Nancy Frick

COMPANY : Main Street Theatre Tucker [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Tucker Recreation Center
ID# 5477

SHOWING : April 12, 2019 - April 20, 2019



Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies! In the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis, we witness four of her funniest: Bev and Stan, Vanessa and Bryce, and Martin and Fiona. However, the final wedding is the funniest of all...

Producer Wayne Kelley
Director D Norris
Lou Charles Bohanan
Fiona Ellen Clay
John/Elvis Will Hiltman
Marvin Jeffrey Liu
Vanessa Camille Mahdi
Fist Jonn McDaniel
Bev Rhonda Mitchell
Bryce Thaddeus Nifong
Sandy Pamela Parry
Stan Vincent Samuels
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Four Out of Five
by playgoer
Monday, May 20, 2019
Nancy Frick’s "Four Weddings and an Elvis" is a crowd-pleasing comedy. The action takes place in a Las Vegas wedding chapel run by Sandy (Pamela Parry). In the first three scenes, three different couples arrive to get hitched: Stan (Vincent Samuels) and Bev (Rhonda Mitchell), who want revenge on their exes by getting married; TV has-beens Bryce (Thaddeus Nifong) and Vanessa (Camille Mahdi), who are staging a sham marriage as a publicity stunt; and Fiona (Ellen Clay) and Marvin (Jeffrey Liu), a seemingly mismatched hot-headed convict and nerdy postal worker. In the first act, things don’t go as expected. In the second act, which concludes with a fourth scene in which Sandy gets married for the fifth time, things are rosier. But it’s funny throughout.

The proceeding are sparked by four additional characters: an Elvis-impersonating minister (Will Hiltman), a would-be replacement minister (Charles Bohanan), a jail-breaking ex of Fiona’s (Jonn McDaniel), and a TV producer (Mr. Samuels in a case of double casting). They add excitement of their own. When all the characters gather for Sandy’s marriage, everything wraps up nicely, with just the right amount of twist in the ending.

The Main Street Theatre’s set, designed by David Conley, presents us with a nicely appointed chapel, centered by a festive gazebo upstage, fronted by an altar and featuring beams above that support a chandelier. Seating exists on either side of the stage, and doors upstage right and left lead respectively to the outside and to the backroom changing area. Carrie Harris’ costumes add a lot of glamor when needed, and help express character throughout. Lisa Temples’ props are perhaps a tad less glamorous than called for, but get the job done. Walter Stark’s lighting design is capable of illuminating the full stage, and showcases pink-lit plant stands on either side of the gazebo, but chooses dimmer lighting for many scenes, with no apparent reason. Even so, this is a good-looking production.

Sound design, by Ginny Mauldin-Kinney, doesn’t get a huge workout in the script, but provides a nice background for the scene in which police surround the chapel. The actors wear microphones to amplify their voices, but all do a good enough job of projecting that dialogue is clear throughout.

Director D. Norris’ blocking seems pretty basic overall, but he has encouraged his actors to create indelible characters. The character-driven antics of the cast drive the show from start to finish. Messrs. Nifong and Bohanan triumph in the scene they share, and Ms. Clay and Messrs. Liu and McDaniel make their shared scene a delight from start to finish. Mr. Hiltman’s Elvis impression may not be world-class, but he has a nice singing voice to ground the impression, and Ms. Parry provides a pleasant continuity to the proceedings.

"Four Weddings and an Elvis" may not be a sophisticated comedy, but it is well-suited for modern community theatre, with strong characters, lots of action and variety, and only a moderate amount of character-specific foul language. Mr. Norris has created a Las Vegas microcosm onstage in Tucker in which "What happens in Vegas gets turned into ... comedy" (to quote Ms. Parry’s biography). [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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