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If you've ever had to deal with a Bridezilla as any part of a wedding planning you will just love the way exciting new playwright Mark Crawford pulls a few pins out of Bridezilla's stuffing in Stag and Doe, which opened last night at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre.

Rose Napoli is Bridezilla (Mandy) incarnate - every bridesmaids, every wedding planner's and every wedding caterer's worst nightmare. Bossy, dictatorial, demeaning and arrogant, yet surprisingly funny. When the weather plays a role in upsetting her carefully planned wedding, the audience has to laugh at this spoiled little rich bitch's reactions. They earned her several bouts of spontaneous applause from the audience.

As the weak-charactered, dutiful bridegroom, Jaron Francis is the perfect straight man to Bridezilla's antics.

Sarah English is the other bride to be in danger of becoming another Bridezilla. Planning her Stag and Doe with fiancé Matthew Gorman, she's all about the money to pay for the $6,000 wedding dress she wants to wear at her otherwise small wedding. She smells $$$$$opportunity when Bridezilla's woes means Mandy (Rose) needs her help. Unfortunately, this shows a side of this little bride that her fiancé hasn't seen before and doesn't like. It just may derail their wedding plans.

Crawford spices up the mix with two ringers. Throw in Kate Gordon as the best friend helping little Sarah get ready for her Stag and Doe, but who, curiously enough, was the bride left standing at the altar some years earlier by dastardly Jaron when he ran off with Mandy. Now ad Mark Crawford himself, playing the caterer whose wait staff end up in jail, taking the wedding cake with them.

It's a funny, refreshing, and distinctly Canadian take on the insanity that so often surrounds wedding planning - and one you won't want to miss!

The World Premier of this production is currently taking place at Blyth Festival Theatre as part of their 40th Anniversary season. Port Stanley Festival Theatre is thrilled to be among the first of theatres to present Stag and Doe, now playing at the PSFT until September 13, 2014.

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