WATERTOWN — Following a laugh-out-loud debut at New York City’s Miller Theatre, where more than 500 audience members gathered to see the sequel to the popular comedy “Where Is Your Groom?,” aptly titled “Where Is Your Groom Part II,” the cast is preparing to bring their performance to the Mosesian Center for the Arts on November 11.
Promising a night of laughs while taking a closer look at the Armenian-American experience, the play’s sequel centers on the wedding of a young couple whose parents want to plan the wedding their own way. As the patriarch, Koko, says to his daughter, “We are giving you the wedding of our dreams!” A colorful cast of supporting characters, from the pot-stirring matchmaker to the odar wedding planner, round out the laughs and warmth of the play, which lovingly pokes fun at the Armenian family, community and cultural life.
Connecting with audience members of all ages and featuring musical nostalgia, Armenian idioms and a relevant storyline, the play is enjoyable for the whole family.
“’Where Is Your Groom’ and its sequel have resonated so well with the audience because they all saw pieces of themselves in the characters,” said Nairi Hartounian, a graduate student at New York University studying public relations and corporate communication who also takes part in the new play. “The storyline’s appeal and humor has cultivated a strong and lasting impression on audience members.”
Playing the role of matriarch Siroun, the overbearing yet clever character reminded Hartounian of “the strong Armenian women I was surrounded by growing up.”
While the group expresses their creativity on stage, offstage they have created genuine friendships as members of an ensemble cast and crew of 20 Armenian young professionals who have shared their love of the Armenian culture to over 3,000 audience members, who have referred to the play as a “dynamic story” with a “spot-on” cast who left “tears of laughter” in their eyes.