Wacky “Wedding” Is Back

“Joey & Maria” to be hitched every Saturday starting this Labor Day

A real-life wedding can become a dramatic event. But “The Original Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding” is guaranteed to be a theatrical offering. And it’s back in San Diego after a four-year absence.

Most folks who haven’t seen the two-and-a-half-hour production are at least vaguely familiar with it. “Wedding” is an interactive, improvisational play featuring nutty nuptials that bring the Cavatelli and Gnocchi families together. Audience members are treated like guests at the wedding.

Not to give away the plot, but mothers cry, an ex-girlfriend crashes and lots of Sinatra music is played. And all guests have access to a full Italian buffet of pasta, chicken and lasagna.
“Wedding” played all over San Diego from 1997-2005. It was staged in The Witherby, Dave & Buster’s, Holiday Inn on the Bay and several other locations. The show left for Las Vegas, and a troupe is still doing “The Soprano’s Last Supper” at the Tropicana.

Starting September 5, the “Wedding” pathos will play out at downtown San Diego’s Culy Warehouse. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 per person.

“Triple Espresso is gone from downtown,” says Walker Media & Entertainment chief operation officer Steven Picanza. “Downtown San Diego needs this, and we’re glad to be back.”

Picanza has insider knowledge about the show’s interactivity—he plays best man Larry Gabagool. So fuhgetaboutit. And, Funiculi, Funicula.

 Ron Donoho is a regular contributor to NBCSandiego.com and a contributing editor to sandiego.com. His Web site (sandiegoDTOWN.com) is dedicated to news, sports, culture, happy hours and all things downtown.

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