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Wedded Abyss


Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

Wedded Abyss is a comedy that anyone who is married, is in the planning process of getting married, or knows someone who is any of the above can take to heart. At some point, writer Scott Phillips hits on about every aspect of the marriage process from proposal to the fait accompli. Intertwined in the irreverent treatment of the institution of marriage are pearls of wisdom. Jill Phillips’ music complements the dialog like a fine wine with a gourmet meal.

The laughs start with Scott’s instructions on proper audience etiquette and Grace Berlin’s critique of his performance and keep right on rolling until the very last line is spoken. Park people, flasher/bum Jon Gamm and his self-righteous bag lady cohort, Roshanah Dayton, are a hoot as they observe/participate in Kyle’s (Mark Stoll) proposal to Jessica (Anna Ambrose) in the local park. Before Jessica gets home to officially announce the engagement, her domineering mother, Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), has already begun planning the dream wedding of any young lady. Helping her with the details is wedding planner extraordinaire, Ambrosia (Terri Riggle) and Jessica’s teenage sister, Tiffany (Bre’Anna Schultz), who wants to ensure that the standard set is high enough for her own future wedding. All the while, Jessica’s dad, Tony (Steve Hutchins), is counting the pennies in his checkbook.

The first counseling session with Pastor Tom (Russ Cole) turns into a three ring circus, as more and more unannounced folks show up to put their two cents in to the pot.

At the other end of the spectrum are Kyle’s parents, Michelle (Lynda Ambrose) and Jake (Skip Schuster), who were never married and do not live together, yet got along very well.

As the planning continues, with little consideration for either the bride or groom, stress begins to build. The breaking point comes at Kyle’s house as the planning group tries to put their stamp on the rehearsal dinner. At this point the wedding is off.

To find out how it ends, you will have to buy a ticket for one of this week’s performances on either May 22 or 23. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased or reserved in advance, and $15 at the door.  If you are under 18 years of age, the price is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or by sending an email to phillips4ba@yahoo.com. For more details, please visit the CSCP website at http://www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org or access the events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397681320550106.

 

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“Wedded Abyss” at the Kent Theatre


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May 15, 16, 17, 22, 23

Don’t miss the Cedar Springs Community Players next production, Wedded Bliss…oh sorry for the typo…Wedded Abyss.  This musical comedy is written and directed by local playwright, and CSCP member, Scott Phillips.  Jill Phillips adds some wonderful music to make this a hilariously entertaining show.

The play opens with a proposal and plans for a simple wedding and a wonderful marriage.  Then the bride’s mother, sister and the professional wedding planner get involved and it all quickly changes.  All focus turns to the minute details of the wedding activities, leaving behind the preparation for a lifetime of marriage.

This is Scott’s eighth play. The show features many accomplished local actors, as well as some who are making their debut on the stage. All performances will be at the Kent Theater in downtown Cedar Springs. Performance dates are May 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased or reserved in advance, or $15 at the door. If you are under 18 years of age, the price is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or by sending an email to phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

For more details, please visit the CSCP website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org or access the events facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397681320550106.

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“Devil may care” to debut at Kent Theatre


An original musical comedy presented in Cedar Springs

Popular local playwright Scott Phillips has written his sixth production, “Devil May Care,” and it will debut at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs next weekend.  In this musical comedy, a missionary destined for Heaven and a politician bound for Hell arrive together at the Pearly Gates. But a mix-up causes them to change places and havoc ensues in the unearthly realms. This engaging show ranges from hilarious to poignant, as the new arrivals discover their eternal rewards and punishments.
This is the second musical that Phillips has written with his sister, professional musician Jill Phillips, who composed the words and music.
Performances will be May 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th at 7:30 p.m. and May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street Cedar Springs, MI. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  For those under 18 years of age, tickets are $6 for all shows.  Tickets will be available at the Cedar Springs Public Library and at the Alpha Omega Coffee Shop, 32 S. Main, Cedar Springs, MI.

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