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One of the set for the Showboat Theatre at Fort Polk’s production of “Perfect Wedding,”a farce play by British playwright Robin Hawdon. (Lauren Manary / American Press)

One of the set for the Showboat Theatre at Fort Polk’s production of “Perfect Wedding,”a farce play by British playwright Robin Hawdon. (Lauren Manary / American Press)

Showboat Theatre presents 'comedy of disastrous proportions'

Last Modified: Thursday, June 05, 2014 3:08 PM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

Before dudes worshiped the Vegas debauchery caper “The Hangover,” there was “Perfect Wedding.”

Fort Polk’s Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation presents the “comedy of disastrous proportions”: British playwright Robin Hawdon’s “Perfect Wedding” at the Showboat Theatre this month, starring Marisa Purdy, Thomas Watson, Wade Lyons, Alyssa Legg, Bridgit Renick and Neda Robertson.

The farcical play, set in London, opens with male lead Bill waking up on his wedding morning with a severe hangover and finding an attractive woman in his bed. Bill has no recollection of the previous night’s events, has no idea who she is — and she is not the bride-to-be. Before he can give the girl the boot, Bill’s fiancee Rachel arrives to prepare for the big day.

In order to spare his relationship, he shoves Judy into the bathroom and persuades best man Tom to pretend the strange woman is his girlfriend. Tom gets confused, however, and tells the bride that the chambermaid is his date to the wedding — but Tom’s actual girlfriend is kept in the dark. Soon half the hotel staff is dragged into the lie and the tension rises to a boiling point when the bride’s mother arrives.

The Showboat Theatre last produced the show in 2008 to great success, said Thomas Watson, director of “Perfect Wedding.” This time, it was brought back by popular demand.

“It’s a good little show,” Watson said. “We chose it because people say, ‘Oh, you know you should do that one again.’ People seem to really like this one.”

Cast and crew have been rehearsing the play, which Watson describes as “PG-13,” since late April. The humor in the play, which is rife with slapstick and physical humor, requires good timing Watson said.

“It’s funny because everyone’s lying and trying to keep the lies straight,” he said. “You know, just basic farce humor. Everyone’s lying to try to cover up for somebody else, then all of the sudden, they’re caught in that story that they’re telling and they can’t remember what the actual truth is.”

Purdy said the audience figures out what is going on before the actors do.

Audiences have a choice of going to a dinner showing on June 14, 20, 26 and 28. Cocktails are available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for 12 and under. The price of the ticket comes with a choice of salmon pasta primavera or braised beef ribs. Both come with sides of grilled cabbage wedge, grilled potato cake, salad, rolls, and complimentary tea, water and coffee. White wedding cake is served for dessert so audience members can celebrate the union of bride and groom along with the actors.

Tickets are $10 for those who choose to skip dinner and see the play only. Play only showings are June 13, 21 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Box office hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and those who wish to attend are encouraged to call 337-531-2337 for reservations.

In order to access Fort Polk, all persons coming onto the installation must have picture identification. The driver is required to have registration and proof of insurance.

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