Act One to perform 'Marry Me'
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 01:10
For Sam Houston State students looking for comic relief and entertainment tonight, the latest production by Act One production delivers with “Marry Me So I Know It’s Real”.
“Marry Me” is a spinoff of last year’s plays, “Is My Love In the Wrong Place” from last fall and its sequel in the spring.
Main characters Joe and Jennifer have been engaged for some time and at this point seem to have overcome Jennifer’s frivolous spending habits that drive Joe crazy. Joe, partner at a prestigious accounting firm, makes lots of money but he’s stingy with his money.
In “Marry Me” one of the issues of planning the wedding is the cost of the event. While Jennifer is hoping for an elaborate, expensive wedding, Joe just wants to keep it simple. Way simple.
But that’s just what couples with the rest of their problems. Once both of their families arrive, the really controversy awaits them all. There’s temperament, personality clashes, and it wouldn’t be an Act One production without a bombshell in the mix.
Jennifer’s mother and sister don’t like Joe at all, which plays out through the entire show.
There’s also Mike and Char, who were introduced by the matchmakers themselves, Joe and Jennifer. Mike and Char adjust to being a live-in couple, while still supporting their friends as the wedding approaches.
“Marry Me” was written and directed by Domenique Smith, who also stars at Mike in the play. Smith said content for the play came from observing other relationships, but there’s also an important message that comes with the saga.
“I think the play resonates with everybody really, because we all go through different relationships looking for something real,” Smith said. “This is just Joe and Jennifer taking their relationship to that next level. We’re also showing the strength of a relationship and that you can stay with someone through really hard times.”
The play is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom, but dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Both the dinner and the play are free to the public.