Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, presents “One Slight Hitch.” Lewis Black’s high-energy comedic romp runs Oct. 28 and 29 and Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for general admission, $27 for seniors and $20 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
It’s suburban Cincinnati in 1981. Things are going perfectly on Courtney’s wedding day – until the doorbell rings. The unannounced arrival of Courtney’s good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend sets in motion a comic crisis that will leave you in stitches. Lewis Black’s hilarious farce is truly a riot!
Many people know Black for the sarcastic tone of his comedy routines, seen on “The Daily Show” or his comedy specials. Very few know that before he was a stand-up comedian, he was a playwright. While he is not well known for his lighthearted comedy, Black’s “One Slight Hitch” proves to be great entertainment.
“It could be labeled a farce but contains many elements of high comedy as well as touching scenes of real emotion,” Director Kermit Medsker said.
Black provides the audience with a sidesplitting perspective of life for young adults at the time. These poignant moments seem so real because they are loosely based on personal experience. In a 2012 interview with A Contemporary Theatre, the playwright stated that he began working on this project in the early ‘80s after a former girlfriend spontaneously married her new boyfriend.
Their relationship became the inspiration for the characters Ryan and Courtney and the very different paths they chose in life. With a few well-placed political and social references and a dash of nonsense, the comedian is able to turn these life-changing decisions into a riot of absurdity and confusion, necessary ingredients for any good farce.