|Ermel and Stockberger|
Made famous with the 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor film of the same name, the comical look at what a father goes through when giving away his daughter at a wedding is based on the New York Times bestseller book by Edward Streeter. A remake 1991 film was made starring Steve Martin.
So how does it play out in live theater? Actually...it does. The set remains the same throughout ~ the home of the Banks family. With Stockberger as the May pole to which all other characters circled, the play flows easily.
|Stockberger and Wims|
Stockberger's uptight, tight-fisted character loosens up sweetly to his adoring Kay's wishes and hugs. Ermel's modern day take on the Elizabeth Taylor role could not have been better as the in-love and optimistic 20-something.
|McKay and Stockberger|
Although I would have liked to see the film's drunk-dinner scene left in (and portrayed by Stockberger) and the use of cell phones ~ as other modern terms were used to bring it up-to-date, the remaining changes enhanced the material, including references to Indianapolis' metro area.
Bottom Line: Beef and Boards' Father of the Bride gives Stockberger the chance to shine ~ and shine he truly does. Bring tissues...you're going to need them.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at GottaGo.us and FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on (CBS) Channel 8 WISH TV. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.