Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Danville Advocate Messenger Coverage of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Classic farce closes out playhouse season
August 8, 2010

Lawrence Lesher says it’s good to be back in the Bluegrass, but he had to hit the ground running when he arrived to direct “Run for Your Wife” at Pioneer Playhouse. The play is 145 pages and runs 90 minutes — a challenge to put together in just a handful of days.

“Since the usual rule of thumb is one page of dialogue is one minute, you can see just how fast-paced this thing is,” Lesher explains. “I know of no other play this rapid fire. As challenging as it can be to keep it going that fast and get all the actors moving in the same situation, the payoff is wonderful.”

Lesher also is playing a small role in the show because “I was desperate to be part of this show on stage. It’s tremendously fun,” he says.

Amid learning lines and directing a cast, Lesher took time to answer a few questions about “Run For Your Wife.”

A-M: What is “Run for Your Wife” about? Into what genre does it fall?

LL: “Run For Your Wife” is one of the best farces I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on. It is about a London taxi driver who has two wives. When his double life starts falling apart, the audience is treated to 90 minutes of madcap hilarity. We are prone to hyperbole in this industry but if you like farce in general, I can almost guarantee you’ll like this show.

A-M: Who are the key players in “Run for Your Wife”?

LL: John Smith (played by Timothy J. Cox) is the taxi driver and his two wives are Barbara and Mary Smith (Synge Maher and Emily King). Naturally, they don’t know anything about the other one. John’s neighbor, Stanley Gardner (Chris Kateff), is roped into helping him attempt to preserve the lie. Two suspicious and clueless police sergeants, Troughton and Porterhouse (Daniel Hall Kuhn and Lesher), try to decipher what’s going on and an outrageously flamboyant Bobby Franklyn (Matthew Harris) complicates things.

A-M: What is the central theme of “Run for Your Wife”?

LL: The central theme (in the end) is lies just get you into more trouble, really. Every lie John tells to try to keep his bigamy secret begets more lies. The joy in this show is trying to follow the complications as they get ever more twisted.

A-M: From your standpoint as director, what do you like about this play?

LL: The thing I like most about this play as the director is that it is one of the purest farces I’ve ever worked on. This show knows its only reason for being is to make the audience laugh and it is very good at doing that. Ray Cooney (the playwright) has managed to write layer after layer of deception. Every time you think it can go no further, another outrageous twist happens in the play. It is extremely funny, fast and high-energy.

A-M: What do you hope theater-goers come away from Run for Your Wife thinking, or feeling?

LL: I hope they are aching because they’ve laughed so hard. All farce is preposterous but the way the author skillfully weaves this one together, it seems almost plausible. This show is funny from minute one.


Run For Your Wife

Aug. 10-21

Pioneer Playhouse

Showtime: 8:30 p.m.; $15

Dinner and show: 7:30 p.m.; $27

Tickets: (859) 236-2747

Web site: www.pioneerplayhouse.com

Copyright: AMNews.com 2010

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