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'Father of the Bride' hilarious wedding tale


May 21, 2008
Even if you've never been the father of a bride, you'll be able to relate to Derby Dinner Playhouse's current production.

The quaint Clarksville theater lifted the veil on its 34th season last week with a hilarious and heartfelt production of Caroline Francke's "Father of the Bride."

Based on the novel by Edward Streeter that has been on the silver screen twice, first in 1950 and again in 1991, the presentation casts veteran David Myers as the affable, yet penny-pinching father, Stanley Banks.

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Mr. Banks (David Myers) wipes a tear from the face of his daughter, Kay (Tina Jo Wallace), on her wedding day during Derby Dinner Playhouse's production of "Father of the Bride." (Photo Courtesy of Derby Dinner Playhouse)
Myers shows early on that he has captured the essence of his character, who hilariously struggles between wanting to make his daughter, 23-year-old Kay, who announces her engagement to boyfriend Buckley Dunston, and trying to spare his checkbook.

However, Kay's father isn't the only one who struggles. The bride-to-be promises the shy Buckley that the guest list will not exceed 50 people, but it's a promise she can't keep, as it is every woman's dream from the time she was a little girl to have a big wedding.

Tina Jo Wallace gives an inspired performance as Kay, playing off of the chemistry created by her real-life husband, Matt Wallace, portraying Buckley.

Other notable performances come from the over-the-top (but in a rolling-on-the-floor-with-laughter kind of way) J.R. Stuart as the caterer, Mr. Massoula, who entertains with his physical comedy, and Kiersten Vorheis as Mr. Banks' exasperated secretary.

The play is sure to make fathers look fondly back on their little girls' weddings. It will even cause those who aren't dads to reminisce on their own wedding experiences. In fact, a careful listen during the intermission revealed such chatter throughout the theater.

From the always delicious buffet before the show to the yummy desserts during the break and the sweet sounds of the warm-up Footnotes, who on this evening previewed selections from Derby Dinner's next presentation, "Beauty and the Beast," a night at the Clarksville theater remains one of the area's best bets for a great time.

"Father of the Bride" will be presented through June 21.

For reservations, call 1-812-288-8281.

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