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A zany pair

Review by Chris McGarry

If you’re in the mood for a goofy, laugh-a-minute comedy, check this out.

Performed by
Sheryll O’Hanley (Dot), Claudette Anderson (Ada), Ian Byrne (Frank), Bethany Parkhouse (Molly), and Paul Hopkins (Josh)

Written and direction by
Jonah Anderson

Lighting by
Maureen O’Reilly 

The Show
They’re back! The hilarious duo Dot and Ada — who had audiences rolling in the aisles last summer with their crazy humor and antics in Dot and Ada’s Bucket List, find themselves venturing into the unknown territory of wedding planning. As expected, all manner of zany and outrageous misadventures ensue, including hiring an exotic dancer for Molly’s bachelorette party and finding a qualified minister. It’s another gorgeous P.E.I summer, and Dot’s granddaughter Molly is about to marry Josh, the love of her life. The wedding planner, a weird, extremely incompetent hippy/New Age type, fails to gain the approval of Dot and Ada, so the witty old ladies decide to do it themselves. There’s only one problem: they’ve never planned a wedding before. But have no fear. They’ll get the job done right.

The Performance
For two hours, the audience was treated to a finely-honed spectacle of pure comedic genius. The lifelong friends often bicker back and forth, but it’s all in good fun. Although there are brief hints of off-colour humor, the show is ridiculously facetious and amusing without being vulgar. The show’s other performers dig deep into their roles, almost having you believe that is who they actually are. Sets are basic but appropriate and truly enhance the overall performance. The characters have a strong rapport with one another and connect with the viewer. 

Best Thing 
Although every scene is uproariously funny, the ones in which Dot and Ada hire a stripper for the party and the encounter with the tree–hugging wedding planner are pure gold. 

Final Thoughts
Once again, Jonah Anderson has created a riotously entertaining performance worthy of only the strongest reviews. There is never a dull moment in Dot and Ada Plan a Wedding!, nor does one find any real flaws. The show is excellent from beginning to end and should not be missed. If you can only take in one play this summer, drive out to St. Peter’s Courthouse for an evening with Dot and Ada.

—On stage at St. Peter’s Courthouse Theatre to August 30. 

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