Wedding Band: A Comedy by Charlie Baker
- Brian Donaldson
- 7 August 2011
This article is from 2011.
Crooner delivers a gentle comic play
What’s the worst thing that could happen to you as the head of a jobbing wedding band? High on the list would be mislaying the PA, having a keyboardist who can’t stop muttering about being fed and, arguably most awkward of all, discovering that you might actually have once known the bride-to-be. Intimately. These are the core dilemmas at the heart of Charlie Baker’s Fringe comedy play, Wedding Band.
The gruff yet boyish comic who in the last year has appeared in Doctor Who and was the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief champ, chose to croon only once in this hour (not enough for one disgruntled audience member as she trundled out at the end), as he turned a tacky 80s Eurovision hit into luxurious jazzy gold.
Featuring Baker’s tuxed-up singer, the ever-hungry piano man, a haughty caterer (‘I’m a wedding planner’) and a slightly obvious wacky/troubled DJ, the play itself is a gentle meander through a series of tricky situations which resolve themselves with little fuss. Baker smartly avoids firing Chekhov’s gun (in the shape of a precariously positioned cake) and the final twist is as satisfying as a thick slice of marzipan.
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