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June 19, 2015  RSS feed
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American Stage to end season with Lewis Black’s ‘One Slight Hitch’


Lewis Black Lewis Black American Stage Theatre Company concludes its 2014-15 season with the romantic comedy One Slight Hitch, written by comedian and Daily Show commentator Lewis Black.

The play is about a couple’s wedding day chaos that grows increasingly outrageous. The play is set in suburban Cincinnati circa 1981 on the morning Doc and Delia Coleman plan to throw their eldest daughter the lavish wedding they never had. Then her ex shows up and begins to wreak glorious havoc on the big day. A zany, door-slamming farce, One Slight Hitch delivers a riotous and strangely romantic ride through the deconstruction of one family’s equilibrium.

Black, who started out as a playwright before turning to comedy at age 40, wrote One Slight Hitch 35 years ago and it wasn’t performed for some 30 years until its revival in the past couple years at regional theaters across the country.

Black says the romantic comedy was written before his angry guy, onstage persona.

“If my name wasn’t on it,” Black told the Wall Street Journal, “people wouldn’t know I wrote it.”

Black, a bachelor, told another interviewer that the play was based on a romantic relationship he had immediately following drama school and moving to New York. After living together for two years, the woman left for Europe to do a movie, and two weeks later announced that she was getting married to another guy.

Directed by American Stage improv artist Gavin Hawk and featuring a talented cast of local and regional favorites, One Slight Hitch runs July 8 through Aug. 2, with opening night on Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. It will be staged at Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

There will be two preview performances – one on Wednesday, July 8 at 8 p.m. and another on Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

Showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. General tickets range from $29-$59. Discount tickets are also available for students, seniors, military and groups. Tickets are available at the American Stage box office, by phone at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or online at www.americanstage.org.


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