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!