Monday, December 4, 2017, at 7:30 P.M.

One Slight Hitch

donttell1-700x400What’s a wedding without surprises, problems, an emotional crisis or two and general chaos? We don’t know! These pending zany nuptials showcase a family where everyone, bride included, is so self-centered that calming down or actually solving the problems seems near impossible.

One Slight Hitch is about the wedding day of Courtney Coleman, set in her Mom and Dad’s comfortable Cincinnati home in the early 1980’s. Mom is delighted that Courtney will have the perfect wedding, something she missed out on when she married her husband Doc in haste during the tumult of WWII. Dad is quite calm about everything, thanks to frequent visits to his well-stocked bar.

The groom is Harper, a fine, upstanding young man from a well-to-do family, although as a result, he’s something of a stuffed shirt. Then there’s Courtney’s two sisters, tennaged smart aleck P.B., and sexpot nurse Melanie. And there’s the florist who will do the decorating as soon as he gets bailed out of jail. And the caterer who shows up way too early and sets out the food to spoil in the midday sun. And did I hear a doorbell? Oh, that would be Ryan, Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, who, although he appears to be a Jack Kerouac wannabe, he is the boy Mom and Dad really liked and always thought Courtney would end up marrying before she dumped him.

While playwright Lewis Black is best known as the outraged voice of All That’s Wrong in the World Today, he actually started his career writing for the theatre, producing hundreds of one-act plays in New York City. As the emcee for most of those shows, he evolved into an opening act and eventually began his career as a standup comedian.


“The laughs flow freely – a solidly built piece of theatrical carpentry about a nuclear family in comic crisis”   —WALL STREET JOURNAL

“If sustained laughter is the best measure of a comedy, One Slight Hitch makes the grade”  —ASBURY PARK PRESS

“Playwright Black has conjured up a screwball family sitcom!”  —VARIETY

“There’s more than a touch of Neil Simon in the morose Mr. Black”  —NEW YORK TIMES

“Wisecracks and keen social observation…but what is that up playwright Black’s sleeve – heart?”  —BOSTON GLOBE


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

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From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.

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