The Reception

Hermosa Beach Playhouse
710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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The Reception finds NBC's weatherman and long time stand-up comic, Fritz Coleman candidly narrating a wedding reception in which the guests reflect on every aspect of modern marital life. Fifteen characters are explored - beginning with the bride on her second marriage, and her groom on his third. The characters include the bride's mother, the mother's current husband, her wealthy father, her younger sister - a divorced family therapist, her younger brother, and the younger brother's same-sex companion. All of the skeletons - messy divorces, marital discord, Catholicism and matrimony, and wild behavior topped with escapades of drinking - come out of the closet. Richard Kline directs the show, written and performed by Coleman.