There is probably no musical better suited to the anxieties of our time than Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino's A Catered Affair. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, the rewrite of Paddy Chayefsky's 1956 television drama and the 1956 film focuses on an ordinary, working-class family trying to figure out how to have a decent life while living within their means.
The trouble starts when young lovers Jane and Ralph decide to get married. They want to do things small, but Jane's mother isn't happy with the idea of a stingy wedding. She wants to give her daughter the fancy wedding she never had, no matter what Jane wants. To make matters worse, all the neighbors are gossiping about what's up with the, wink-wink, small wedding.
In 2008, when Catered Affair opened on Broadway, The New York Times said the show was "all pale, tasteful understatement," which ought to fit beautifully into the relatively small space at Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market. See preview performances at 8 p.m. January 1, 3 p.m. January 2 and 7:30 January 5. Starting January 6, regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through January 23. 4617 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com. $10 to $40.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 1. Continues through Jan. 23, 2011