Run For Your Wife
at Beef & Boards provides a run of laughs. Playwright Ray Cooney's British farce had long runs in London theatres from the 1980s through 2000 before the script had a makeover as a film in 2012. What happens live on stage is a hilarious unraveling of one man's ideal life with two wives in two homes located within minutes of each other.
Eddie Curry, as cabbie driver John Smith, convinced me he truly loves each of his wives and when his precise schedule of being attentive to each of them gets off kilter because he was mugged, ended up in a hospital. You never can tell who will coming in or going out of the four doors, who will be answering one of the phones, and you certainly won't be able to foresee the ending; even if you've seen it before because that's the fun of the play — it teases.
All this silliness smacks the stuff of human nature. The cast of eight is a tight-knit ensemble delivering a double-entendre dialogue. Sean Blake's quicksilver embodiment of Bobby Franklyn is a total theatrical gift. Jeff Stockberger portrays Stanley Gardner with jaw-dropping physical machinations.
Eddie Curry comes across as a nebiche who means well. Sarah Hund, as wife #1 is his perfect caring mate until the height of the story. Erin Cohenour as wife #2 proves why John couldn't refuse her request for marriage. And then there's the police inspector duo, played with increasing deftness, A.J. Morrison and Adam O. Crowe. Antonio LeRoy King takes on the role of newspaper reporter.
Scenic and costume design earns a special mention, and J.R. Stuart directed with sensibility.
If you go
Through Feb. 7, Beef & Boards
Dinner Theatre, 872-9664,