2nd Star Productions Run For Your WifeBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 29th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of 2nd Star Productions’ Run For Your Wife [MP3 3:53 1.1MB].
Mike: Run For Your Wife is a farce by Ray Cooney. It’s the story of a taxi driver in London who has two wives. He witnesses a mugging and is hurt by the person being mugged. When he goes to the hospital he accidentally gives the the wrong address for one of his wives. When he is taken back home to the other address the police get a little curious. He then has to start juggling which wife knows what and his schedule which is set down to the minute. It’s a hilarious show. It takes place in two different houses that are on the same stage.
Laura: This was a funny show, with lots of slapstick comedy. The poor cab driver trying to keep everything straight. The more he talks, the more anxious and confused the wives get, even though it was at two different places. It was a lot of slapstick comedy and I laughed a lot.
Mike: This was a very enjoyable show. I think the actors did a great job, especially not laughing on stage while the audience was howling. Keeping straight their stories. A couple of the actors got confused a couple times, but not in a major way.
Laura: John Smith the cab driver was played by Gary Seddon. He did a very good job in this role. He did a good job of trying to get rid of the police so he could get home to his wife. Even though at times he wasn’t quite sure which wife he was talking about. The slapstick comedy that he had to do with a friend of his in the second act was very funny.
Mike: Mary Smith, the first Mrs. Smith that we see, was played by Rosalie Daelemans. I enjoyed her performance. I especially liked her frustration that she was feeling towards Stanley Gardner, the upstairs neighbor. Stanley was in on John Smith’s secret of having two wives. He tried to help John Smith with some of the stories that were concocted. Rosalie as Mary Smith did a good job of feeling frustration and showing that as well as being really confused and not getting distracted by these stories.
Laura: Barbara Smith, the second Mrs. Smith, was played by Susannah Hoffman. She was a little bit more flighty. She was wanting to spend the whole day with John and was not quite as understanding when he kept saying he had to leave and go somewhere. She was kind of pouty. She did a good job. She was a little bit more understanding of him having to leave although it wasn’t for the reasons that she thought it was.
Mike: The set of the show added a lot to the quality and believability. The set was designed and the scenic artist was Jane B. Wingard. It definitely worked. You had one set which had both houses in it. Right down the middle of the stage was a sofa. Half the sofa matched met the style of the Mary Smith household. The other half of the sofa fit the Barbara Smith household. I liked how that was done. The two different houses were totally different styles. One was very modern and one was very traditional. That contrast worked really well. The two women’s personalities really fit the household that they had.
Laura: Run for Your Wife is playing for one more weekend. This is the closing weekend. Friday and Saturday at 8 PM at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Maryland. I recommend you go see this show. It is very funny.
Mike: Be aware it might be sold out. They were selling tickets at a good clip when we were there. We got one of the last seats in the house. So if you want to go definitely make reservations.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Mary Smith: Rosalie Daelemans
- Barbara Smith: Susannah Hoffman
- John Smith: Gary Seddon
- Det. Sgt. Troughton: Robin Davis
- Stanley Gardner: Todd Cunningham
- Reporter: Cheryl Hamilton
- Det. Sgt. Porterhouse: Martin Hayes
- Bobby Franklin: Jose de la Mar
- Director: Charles W. Maloney
- Producer: Jane B. Wingard
- Stage Manager/Properties: Joanne D. Wilson
- Production Assistant: Mike Monda
- Set Designer/Scenic Artist: Jane B. Wingard
- Set Construction: Joanne Wilson, Lynne Wilson
- Lighting/sound Design: Garrett R. Hyde
- Lighting / Sound technician: Pete Dursin, Al Chopey
- Costume Coordinator: Mary Dodson
- Publicity: Lynne Wilson, Beth Schultz, Jane B. Wingard
- Webmaster: Lynne Wilson
- House and Concession Manager: Jane B. Wingard
- Volunteer Coordinator: Patti Mangum
- Box Office: Jane B. Wingard
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.