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CRT premiering 'One Slight Hitch'

SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Sam Levi as the groom, Christina Holtom as the bride and Dennis Kelly as the goofy ex-boyfriend perform in Clackamas Repertorys premier of One Slight Hitch, which opened June 30 and continues through July 24.

Come enjoy a comedy about a wedding day gone completely and spectacularly awry.

Clackamas Repertory Theatre (CRT) premiered “One Slight Hitch” on June 30 in the Niemeyer Osterman Theatre on Clackamas Community College’s Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. CRT is a program of the Clackamas Community College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the college.

Written by comedian Lewis Black, the play, which runs through July 24, features witty banter and stinging one-liners. Black, known for his cynicism on “The Daily Show,” began his career as a playwright. “One Slight Hitch” stemmed from real-life suffering in his life. He was in love with a woman who insisted that she would never marry. While out of town on a business trip, Black received a phone call from his partner, when she announced her engagement to another man.

In this production, directed by Jayne Stevens, it is Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure everything is just so. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations, when they finally arrive, will be flawless. Then, the doorbell rings — heralding an end to perfection.

“The foibles of the play’s characters make the story more relatable,” said Cyndy Smith-English, an actress in the show and CRT’s managing director. “I mean, we’ve all been through weddings where the mothers are a little neurotic and the fathers just want it to end, and then, the unexpected happens. Everything goes wrong, and we get to experience how everyone deals with it.”

The CRT production features Drammy Award-winning actor Dennis Kelly as the ex-boyfriend, Smith-English as the unhinged mother-of-the-bride; Sam Levi as the groom; Mark Schwahn as the dad; Heather Ovalle as the tipsy sister and Christina Holtom in the CRT debut as the bride.

The play is directed by Clackamas Repertory company member Jayne Stevens.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

For tickets prices and purchasing, call 503-594-3915 or visit clackamasrep.org.

— Barb Randall