‘Italian Comedy Wedding’ an engaging, funny affair | NevadaAppeal.com

‘Italian Comedy Wedding’ an engaging, funny affair

Sam Bauman

It was just like we said last week: “A night like nothing before in Carson City.” It was the production of “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding,” at the Plaza Hotel Conference Center Friday night.

It’s the kind of production we haven’t seen before here, and in the new location (behind the hotel) with a new sponsoring group (The Wild Horse Theater Company) it’s a new era for us all here. Go – if you like lots of laughs and action and don’t mind being part of the action as everybody gets involved.

The 150-plus audience was treated to a caricature of weddings, Italian or otherwise, as Joey Gnocchi (Rich Garrett, a blustering, “bello” groom in white tails) and Maria Cavatelli (Micha Marie Stevens, a determined, gum-chewing bride-to-be in full-length wedding gown) battled their way to the altar, where Pastor Matzo (Kevin Karp) presided firmly, even pulling Joey around by the ear.

The omnipresent Karen Chandler of the CHS faculty offers a fine shouting version of Netta Gnocchi in a very flashy mini, Matt Riddle is Al Dente, nominally the best man, and Kathryn Weber-Karp is Tina Tubbatini, a finely jittery maid of honor.

The whole affair is modeled after a dysfunctional wedding, and it comes complete with a cash bar (try that at your next wedding), an Italian buffet and dance music. All is included, including the good times.

The “Wedding” continues Fridays and Saturdays through June 23 at 6:30 p.m., action starts at 7; matinees June 10 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tariff is $49.50 with discounts; call 887-0438, also available at the door.

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• Contact Sam Bauman at 881-1236 or Nevadaappeal.com.