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Barter says, 'I Do, I Do, I Do' to hilarious British comedy

Entertainment Staff • Feb 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

She’s picked out the dress, the flowers and the cake. Now, all she needs to choose is the groom.

It’s a week before her wedding and the beautiful, intelligent, sweet-natured Diana has promised herself to three different men in British playwright Robin Hawdon’s new romantic comedy “I Do, I Do, I Do,” opening Thursday, Feb. 27 on Barter’s Main Stage.

The play follows the unexpected events of one very surprising weekend, as friends and family gather at the modern British home of Diana’s fiancé, Jamie. Their upcoming wedding is all anyone can talk about. Jamie’s mother, Ann, was perfectly content with her role of wedding planner, but after her house guests start making a series of shocking revelations, she finds herself acting as confidant, therapist, negotiator, legal adviser, traffic controller and more.

There’s confusion and chaos for everyone involved, but none so much as Diana, who has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life … three times in the course of an afternoon.

There’s Jamie, her steadfast long-time love; Geoff, a sexy, unpredictable old flame; and Tom, a mysterious stranger. Her three suitors do everything they can to win (and keep) Diana’s heart, and no character is spared from the others’ sharp wit as they size up Diana’s options, resulting in a weekend of headaches for Ann and her household and 90 minutes of laughs for the audiences.

“Our story is a carnival ride that takes us down a modern road and shows us just how far we’ve come and how many options and flavors of the week we have to deal with when making one of the most important and lasting decisions of our lives,” said director Eugene Wolf, whose previous directing credits at Barter include “Southern Fried Funeral” and “Another Night Before Christmas.” “The nature of marriage and relationships has gotten so chaotic that sometimes the actual heart is left out of the argument. We’re putting the heart back in.”

“I Do, I Do, I Do” tackles the questions everyone has to ask themselves when it comes to relationships.

“These things do happen!” Wolf said. “The things these people say and do and think, this situation, it’s completely possible, particularly in this world today. Fortunately for most people, they don’t usually happen in their living room in a span of hours, but the heightened stakes for Diana and her many romances are exactly what make this play so funny. Whether audience members can relate to her dilemma, Ann’s bewilderment or the revolving door of romantic interests and jilted lovers, it’s a hilarious take on serious matters of the heart.”

“I Do, I Do, I Do” features a cast of strong comic actors from Barter’s Resident Acting Company. Holly Williams, whose previous comedic turns at Barter include “A Visit From Scarface” and “Southern Fried Funeral,” plays Diana. Tricia Williams, who has made Barter audiences laugh in “9 to 5” and “A Christmas Story,” plays Ann. The cast also includes Andrew Hampton Livingston (Jamie), Justin Tyler Lewis (Geoff) and Sean Campos (Tom) as the eligible bachelors, and Abbey C. Elliot as Jamie’s sister, Holly.

Tickets are $31, $34 and $37. Barter is also offering a “Great Date” package that includes two tickets to “I Do, I Do, I Do,” dessert and coffee for two at the new Bob’s at Barter and a hand-crafted wooden rose from the Barter Gift Shop.

For reservations or more information, call Barter’s box office at (276) 628-3991 or visit www.bartertheatre.com.

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