Take one jittery groom, yet another
jittery groom, a determined mother, a lusting father, one make-up happy
granny, and three bridesmaids with issues of their own. Put them all
together and onstage, and what do you get? A madcap little comedy called
Not the best rendering one would hope for,
as the seams do show some in this production, BLISS hints at the
greater comic potential of the piece. The problem is a central one, however.
Where the script should rely on wit and irony, sight gags and old one-liners
are offered instead. Then, there’s the predictability factor. The only "new"
element here is that the marriage scheduled to take place is a same-sex one.
This tidbit has nothing to do with the conflict of the story, and seems to
have been devised more as a ploy to credibly introduce men in gowns and
pumps than for any dramatic purpose. Certainly, there is no subplot of
homophobia tackled here. On the contrary, everyone except the two nervous
grooms is eager for the union to take place.
A little more rehearsal, a tighter script
and some genuine sense of conflict could have made BLISS one happy
- Kessa De Santis -