Are You a Fool for Love?

BONNIE GOLDBERG

Getting married is serious business, but maintaining a sense of humor is paramount. Once the bride-to-be has an engagement ring on her finger, she immediately becomes preoccupied with invitations, color schemes, her dream gown, china patterns, floral arrangements, music choices and flavor of wedding cake. The groom needs to select a tuxedo style. Controlling the myriad facets to the perfect ceremony become critical.

Follow the comic and convoluted concerns and considerations of one Fred Stroppel, playwright of "Fortune's Fools" as he pokes fun at all the foibles that plague the wedding of the hour. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre will be entertaining the wedding party weekends until February 28.

A giddy Gail (Jessica Rubin) is newly engaged to considerate Chuck (Chris Brooks) and plans are full stream ahead to the wedding chapel. What would make the nuptials even more special would be if Gail's maid of honor Bonnie (Ashley Ayala) were fixed up romantically with Chuck's best friend and best man Jay (Chris Pearson).

The plans to "match" their friends quickly becomes a disaster as instant hatred blooms like the plant Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors," a gigantic and prickly out-of-control weed.  Bonnie is a feisty outspoken actress while Jay is a mild and sarcastic computer wizard. Their sandpaper abrasiveness is hysterical to behold.

At Gail and Chuck's wedding, however, the temperature changes and frigid cold morphs into torrid heat. When the newlyweds invite friends to see their new home, Bonnie and Jay make some startling self-discoveries. Kris McMurray, a real justice of the peace, presides over the marital bliss with a loving direction.

For tickets ($30), call CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Remember to pack goodies to share at your table or plan to buy cake and drinks at the dessert bar.

The CT Cabaret is planning a special event with spicy overtones, for mature audiences only, with two performances of Martin Casella's "The Irish Curse." Leprechauns aren't the only wee things in Ireland. Performances are Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.  Call 860-829-1248 for reservations.

Help tie cans on the back of the newlywed's car, make a Just Married card and come wish Gail and Chuck well.

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