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Run For Your Wife
a British Farce
CATEGORY :
by Ray Cooney

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 1039

SHOWING : February 11, 2005 - February 26, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Soft-spoken London taxi driver, John Smith, is having another ordinary day...That is, if you call keeping two wives living in two seperate flats from finding out about one another while being investigated by two police sargeants ordinary. This hysterical farce played in the West End for over 20 years!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Sarah Mitchell
Lighting Design Brad Rudy
Stanley Gardner Jeffrey Bigger
John Smith Paul Boehlert
Reporter Jim Brooks
Det. Sargeant Porterhouse Mike Crowe
Bobby Franklyn David Glenn Eblen
Mary Smith Vicki Kaeberlein
Det. Sargeant Troughton Bill Miller
Barbara Smith Barbara Joanne Rudy
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Sometimes, You Just Have To Comment
by Dedalus
Monday, February 21, 2005
NR
Let me say right off the bat that I am biased here -- My lovely and talented wife is Center Stage North's Marketing Director, She's actually in this play, and I'm its Lighting Designer / Technician. Normally, for these reasons, I never comment on CSN's work. Well, that, and the fact that I can usually find something to pick on on every production, and I have to WORK with these people, who, for the most part, are good friends.

When I read "Run For Your Wife," I thought, Well, it's just another British Sex Farce with lots of stereotypes and lots of repetitive humor, and it'll put butts in the seats and who really cares. When I started the Tech Week rehearsals, I was pretty much underwhelmed -- it was a gig, I got to see my wife run around on stage in her underwear, sucking another man's fingers (which, oddly enough, I find quite exciting), and I didn't laugh too much.

Then Jeffrey Bigger came back from an out-of-town trip, and his over-the-top performance as Stanley (and by over-the-top, I mean to say he raises the bar on how high that top really is) energized the production, the rest of the cast, and turned this into an almost flawless farce.

The essence of good farce is desperation, desperation that grows more intense as the situation grows more absurd. In this show, bland bigamist John Smith tells ever more bizarre lies and upstairs neighbor Stanley has to jump through ever more tiny hoops until all bedlam breaks loose. The pitch of this production increases as Act II gets even more frenetic, and, oddly enough, the contrasting calmness in the middle of it all is Paul Boehlert's John Smith, who doesn't care what he has to say to cover his butt.

What I'm saying here is that this is an easy show to run, lighting-wise. I don't really have much to do, and was looking forward to getting caught up on my reading during the run. Unfortunately, the performances keep distracting me, making me laugh, and preventing me from concentrating on whatever it is I'm reading. Damn Them!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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