By Wendy Rosenfield
This year marks the second Fringe Festival appearance for Eric Singel’s The Wedding Consultant. Singel’s comic solo show visits same-sex marriage and the notion that “one wedding is just like another.” Since the piece premiered in 2007, the number of states recognizing gay marriage went from one to six, and no doubt the number of wedding planners surely surged accordingly.
However, the production, directed with an eye for forward movement by Jose Aviles, is less about Singel’s drag character Iris Holcombe, a down-to-business party planner with innumerable personal prejudices, than about the impending moment when a platter of assorted clashing personalities gets served up at the church.
Those personalities--party boy groom Lance, classy groom Leslie, nice-guy best man Mike, Leslie’s lesbian mom Rhonda, and Lance’s Texan mom Bobbi Sue (who thinks her son’s soon-to-be-bride Leslie must be a real catch)--all take turns offering up slices of their lives.