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The High Desert Community Theater will present the comedy play 'Altar Egos' at the Madras PAC.

PHOTO BY BECKY STEVER  - Dina and Carl, parents of the bride, react to the groom's parents thinking of them as rednecks.The High Desert Community Theater will present the comedy play "Altar Egos: The I Dos  and Don'ts of an American Wedding" in October.

"All we want is a simple wedding," agree characters Mark and Colleen as they get engaged. And their simple wedding stays simple for about two minutes.Then their families get involved.

There are the McMasters, who think the Frobishers are a bunch of snooty dudes, and the Frobishers, who picture the McMasters as a crowd of hillbillies.

The bride's father keeps offering the soon-to-be-wed couple thousands of dollars to elope, "no questions asked," but meanwhile bride's mother decides to call in her sister, who is a sweet, lovely woman, until she becomes the wedding coordinator and a drill sergeant.

The groom needs a best man, so he enlists his uncle Josh, who's an old hippie. The bride's kid sister can't wait for the wedding, either, since she gets the bride's old room, if she can talk dad, who wants it for a den, out of it, and if he can talk mom, who wants it for a quilting room, out of it.

The two mothers duel over the rehearsal dinner seating chart, while the bride and groom wonder where it all went wrong.

Throw into the mix football referees, tailors, circus ringmasters, caterers and even an interpreter and you get just some of the "Altar Egos."

The comedy is written by Pat Cook and produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.

"Altar Egos" will be performed by the High Desert Community Theater at 7 p.m., on Oct. 25, 26, 27, and at 2 p.m., on Oct 28, at the Madras Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free and available at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and at Culver City Hall. Donations are gladly accepted at the door.

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