A kiss is more than just a kiss in the Huntington Theatre Company’s charming “Prelude to a Kiss.” The electrifying lip-lock lights up the theater for the pivotal plot point that turns the romantic comedy into a fable about love, loss and commitment.
Like any heartwarming fable, this tale by playwright Craig Lucas winds its way through a whimsical series of events to get to happily-ever-after. But this journey is especially delightful thanks to the impeccable direction of Peter DuBois.
In the final production of his first season as the Huntington’s artistic director, DuBois has assembled a great ensemble that makes it look effortless. Cassie Beck and MacIntyre Dixon are superb in soul-swapping performances that rely solely on small physical changes to make the transitions happen. It takes some time for the audience to figure out what’s going on, but once they do, they happily make the requisite leap to make the story work.
As the man in the middle of the confusion, Brian Sgambati brings an endearing heartache, and an unwavering sense of commitment to his new bride that make it easy for you to root for him.
Local veteran Nancy E. Carroll is spot-on as the suburban Jersey mom, while Cheryl McMahon and Ken Cheeseman prove why they’re among Boston’s favorites with riotous turns as Beck’s character’s aunt and uncle.
Scott Bradley’s stellar set provides the perfect backdrop for this story and David Remedios’ flawlessly executed sound design help make this “Kiss” a perfect way to spend an evening.