Oil Lamp’s FATHER OF THE BRIDE Review – A piece of cake!


“Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Banks request the honor of your presence...” is your invitation to the upcoming production of Father of the Bride the, a delightful confection of love and marriage that runs through June 5th at the Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road in Glenview. Wedding cake will be served at every performance. And don’t be surprised if there’s a bouquet toss, too. After all, it’s Kay’s wedding!”


If the story weren’t so deftly told, it could be cloying: Stanley Banks is a happy suburban husband and father of two. One Sunday morning, his 21-year old daughter Kay announces to the family that she’s getting married – and Stanley’s world is turned upside down. Caroline Francke wrote this stage play in 1951.  Based on the 1949 (67 years ago!) novel by Edward Streeter, Father of the Bride, it’s still fresh, funny, maybe even timeless!


Everything starts out well when Kay and her fiancé say they want to keep things simple -- a wedding with “no fuss or feathers.”  Come and discover all that can go wrong, especially is you’re planning a wedding yourself! Your jaw may drop as the misunderstandings, misadventures, and delightful confusion careen toward the THE BIG DAY!


Twice made into a movie, first in 1950 with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, and again in 1991 with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. Both of these films were followed by sequels (Father’s Little Dividend and Father of the Bride, Part II), a television sitcom in the early 1960s, and various other adaptations. Why?  Hard as it is to believe in our fast-changing digital world, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 


 Oil Lamp’s Trilogy about Fathers and Daughters

The second in a trilogy of 2016 Oil Lamp productions that explore relationships between fathers and daughters.


This show was preceded by Proof, a powerful dramaabout a daughter’s attempts to define her own identity while caring for her father, a mathematical genius on the edge of madness.”.


It will be followed in mid-June by On Golden Pond, another powerful family drama that takes on the challenges faced by a married couple in their twilight years and their daughter’s efforts to reconnect with her father.


Each of these shows helps us look at the relationships between fathers and daughters through its own lens, and allows us to see new dimensions in those relationships that we might not have considered before.”


Oil Lamp Theater always adds a special, uniquely warm touch:


"...we want our audiences to know that every performance of this show really will be a celebration, and everyone will be invited to participate -- so wedding cake will be served at every performance. And don’t be surprised if there’s a bouquet toss, too. After all, it’s Kay’s wedding!”


The cast of Father of the Bride features Andy Clifton as Stanley Banks, Nicola Howard as Eleanor Banks, Katie Mancuso as Kay Banks, Evan Cullinan as Tommy Banks. Grant Niezgodski as Buckley Dunstan, Nicholas Hodge as Joe, Michael Dalberg as Massoula, Anna Cline as Delilah, June Miller as Miss Bellamy, Gus Schlanbusch as Red and Michael Ermel as Pete.


Performances of Father of the Bride are Thursdays through Sundays, with evening performances at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm. Tickets are $35 and include complimentary cookies, soft drinks and, for this production, wedding cake.  Student tickets are $20. Oil Lamp Theater is BYOB with complimentary corkage and glasses (very nicely done, by the way!).


Tickets are available at 847-834-0738 or online at oillamptheater  Group rates are available.



Oil Lamp Theater is excited to announce a new community engagement initiative, By Lamplight: Community Nights at Oil Lamp Theater. Created with first-time visitors in mind, By Lamplight invites newcomers to experience a free night of live theater in the most intimate and welcoming of settings in suburban Chicago.

Audience members are invited to arrive an hour before curtain for stimulating discussion and refreshments, with the opportunity to engage with creative staff and experience the artistic process like never before.

By Lamplight is inspired by the Free Night of Theater program originally created by the g at 7:00pm, with Theatre Communications Group and aims to increase accessibility to the performing arts for new audiences. The series coincides with opening night for each production.  The comfortable lobby will welcome patrons starting an 7:00pm for an 8:00pm curtain.

To reserve your free tickets, call 847-834-0738 or visit OilLampTheater website and use code spark. Limit two tickets per order.


Oil Lamp Theater is located in downtown Glenview, Illinois, at 1723 Glenview Road. Free parking lots are available immediately west of the theater and across the street. Street parking is also available throughout downtown Glenview. Handicap parking is available adjacent to the theater.


The theater may be reached by car (approximately one mile west of I-94) or by Metra (three blocks east of Milwaukee District/North – Glenview Station).  For more information on traveling to Oil Lamp Theater



Title:           Father of the Bride

By:              Carolyn Francke

Directed by: Artistic Director Keith Gerth

Cast:          Andy Clifton, Nicola Howard, Katie Mancuso, Evan Cullinan, Grant Niezgodski, Nicholas Hodge, Michael Dalberg, Anna Cline, June Miller, Gus Schlanbusch, Michael Ermel


Dates:       First performance and press opening: Thursday, April 14, 8:00pm

                   Closing performance: Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm


Schedule: Thursdays through Sundays. Evening performances at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 3:00pm.

Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview

Prices:       All performances $35

                   Students are $20

                   Group rates available


Box Office: 847-834-0738;or Oillampwebsite






Over the past ten years, Oil Lamp Theater has been dedicated to the presentation of traditional theater in an immersive, intimate setting. Under the executive and artistic leadership of Keith Gerth, Oil Lamp Theater has welcomed more than 20,000 guests into its unique, inviting venues. In March, 2012, Oil Lamp Theater was incorporated at a not-for-profit theater and established its current 60-seat location in downtown Glenview. The professional company performs plays that present and appeal to core American traditional values relevant to current issues. Oil Lamp Theater welcomes patrons as family, encouraging a personal atmosphere and artist interactions to emphasize human emotional connections.

Find Oil Lamp Theater on Facebook or follow @OilLampTheater on Twitter.

 Photos: Courtesy of Oil Lamp Theater



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