Tony n' Tina's Wedding

January 16th, 2009 - 3:29pm by Slye Fox

Last night, Jessica and I braved the frigid cold and headed to the other city to sit in on the Actors Theater of Minnesota's new production: Tony n' Tina's Wedding.

The show is set up just as if it were a real wedding. Complete with a ceremony across the street in the old Lees Book Store redone as a chapel. We sat on the bride's side during the ceremony and laughed along with everyone else at the shenanigans and goofs during the wedding. The processional, (Billy Idol's "It's a Nice Day for a White Wedding"), played in the background as everyone got up and trotted to the reception at the Lowry Theater.

Then the party really started! We kicked it off with a couple of Caucasians while the Black Family Caterers served champagne and fancy hors d'oeuvres comprised of Ritz crackers with squeeze cheese. The caterers also provided entertainment with the house band singing a whole set of Italian classics that you're likely to hear at Nye's Polonaise on any given night.

Once the wedding party showed up, they cavorted with the audience as if we were all part of the family. More comedy improv than acting, the cast did a stellar job of luring people out of their seats. From dancing and singing along to laughing with the actors on a few inside jokes.

Dinner was comprised of two gigantic meatballs, penne with tomato sauce, house salad with Caesar sauce, and slice of bread. An assembly line was set up with the caterers quickly slopping plates together while herding the audience through the line, table by table. Very much reminiscent of the old school lunch line.

Throughout the night, nearly every wedding cliche moment you can think of was acted out: from line dancing and the chicken dance to the hokey pokey and the electric slide. Sister Teresa became inebriated and sang a solo while twirling her habit hood. The priest was violated by one of the maids of honor. Tina's ex-boyfriend kept trying to steal the show. Sex was had under the wedding party's table. The congo line grabbed audience members as it went by and cavorted into the street. Sal the photographer/booky captered it all on film.

And all of this in stereotypical Italian family tradition. Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding and you have a close idea of what went on.

So if you're in a wedding kind of mood and want a fun, hilarious night out... I recommend stopping in at Tony n' Tina's for the night and celebrating with the family!

January 16, 2009 - 4:25pm
Slye Fox says:

The night didn't end for Jessica and I however. More adventures were in store.

After the show, we trucked back to her car, The Grimace, only to find the keys locked inside. Ug. So we ran back to the theater and hung out with the after party in hopes that we might catch a ride back across the river with someone.

Shira and her hubby came through to help us out. (Thanks again, guys!) But not until we had a chance to meet many of the show's cast and have another beer. Then we loaded up Shira's car with us and an obscene amount of equipment (think clown car with large boxes) and went back to the Manfort for my car.

After picking up the spare key from Jessica's place, we drove back to St. Paul again to rescue The Grimace. Successful re-entry to the parking ramp was had and we made our escape from St. Paul sometime after midnight.

January 16, 2009 - 4:34pm
lisianthia says:

So much fun!

January 16, 2009 - 5:51pm
damncutekitty says:

I saw the shows years ago with my ex husband and had a blast.

January 17, 2009 - 2:34pm
lisianthia says:

It would be a fun thing to do with the Rock Band Crew!

January 17, 2009 - 2:44pm
Slye Fox says:

A group thing would certainly be fun, but tickets are $50 a piece. Maybe a bit too pricey for some folks.

January 18, 2009 - 3:55pm
Tiffiny says:

i went to this when it was on hennepin. the actors were so bawdy. loved it.