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Sierra Rep throws a 'Wedding'

Bridegroom Bill gets far more than a hangover after his wild stag party in "Perfect Wedding," a comedy opening next week in Columbia.

He wakes up next to a naked beautiful woman who is not his intended, and he can't remember how she got there. Horrified by the situation, he asks friends and strangers to help him untangle the mess.

"It is a door-slamming farce," said Matt Czornobil, who stars as hapless Bill in the Sierra Repertory Theatre production. "It's a lot like 'Noises Off.'"

Czornobil, a Los Angeles performer who appeared in Sierra Rep's "West Side Story" (as Riff) and "Grease" (as Kenicke), said he is pleased to return to the Tuolumne County company.

"I almost think of it as a family because they have so many actors that come back," he said.

This is the first time Czornobil has ventured out of musical theater, his area of expertise.

He wanted to broaden his horizons and develop his comedy skills.

"A lot of the play depends on timing," he said. "The lines are short and succinct."

Czornobil, who graduated from Syracuse University in New York, will be joined in the show by fellow Syracuse graduate and current Southern California resident Corey Volovar, who will play his bride Rachel. Sonora actress Bonnie Bryson is her mother Daphne while British actress Kate Hollinshead, who now resides in Southern California, will play the mystery girl. Chambermaid Julie, who gets caught up in the madness, will be played by Amber Rose Cutlip, who is based in Seattle.

Robin Hawdon's contemporary play was originally set in London. But director Dennis Jones decided to move the action to wine country in Northern California.

Czornobil said he relates to his character's doubts about his impending marriage and his attraction to the mysterious stranger.

He thinks the audience will recognize the character's feeling's as well.

"These are things people think about all the time," he said. "To see that portrayed on stage in a comedic way is going to create a whole bunch of laughter."

WHAT: "Perfect Wedding"

WHEN: Feb. 23-March 25

WHERE: Fallon House Theatre, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road

TICKETS: $15-$26

CALL: 532-3120