One Slight Hitch
The time is the summer of 1981. The setting is the comfortable suburban Cincinnati home of the middle-aged 'Doc' and Delia Coleman on the morning of the wedding day of their eldest daughter Courtney. They are very anxious as they complete arrangements for the wedding that they are about to host in their garden, and Delia intends it to be the lavish wedding she never had.
The independent Courtney is an acerbic, successful New York based writer, whom no one would have expected to have a traditional wedding, if she were to marry at all. Her fiance Harper is handsome, sweet natured, polite, mature, focused, spotlessly groomed, apologetic even in the most stressful of circumstances, considerate and helpful to a fault. In fact he is a boring, discomfortingly stuffy Midwest Republican. On hand for the nuptials are Courtney's single sister, the sexually aggressive, drinking and drugging Melanie who hits the liquor cabinet upon her return from her nursing shift at the hospital, and their teenage sister P.B., who, as the play's narrator, is the purveyor of nostalgia for '80s pop music and culture as she nimbly dances about to the tunes on her Walkman while she performs her chores.
The situation around which the entire play revolves-the 'slight hitch'-is the unexpected arrival from New York of Courtney's ex-boyfriend Ryan, who is also a writer. Their three year long relationship ended when Courtney decided that she couldn't marry him after all. He is shocked that she is getting married so soon after their break-up, and he would not leave even if his only clothes were not in the wash.
The script abounds in in snappy wisecracks and keen social observation, and is reminiscent of Neil Simon.
This will be a South Australian premiere.
Written By : Lewis Black
Directed by : Kym Clayton