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"Run for Your Wife"
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attended Jun 28 2009

Went with my wife to an auditorium in Palo Alto for this event. The show has a nice plot, but turns into a slapstick comedy pretty quickly (and stays that way to the end). There are a few crass sexual double-entendres (so not appropriate for kids,...continued

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“Howlingly funny!”  —Variety


The Palo Alto Players invite audiences to come witness the confusion and hilarity when one seemingly ordinary man tries to balance two lives and two wives in Ray Cooney’s Run for Your Wife.  This popular comedy from the author of Funny Money and Move Over, Mrs. Markham will be sure to add some heat and humor to your summer.

John Smith seems like any other normal London cabbie, except for the fact that he is secretly juggling two wives with the help of his determination and a carefully kept schedule. Run for Your Wife follows John as he is brought home the morning after having been hit on the head while breaking up a mugging.  In his dazed confusion, he has told the police and the hospital two different “home” addresses and has been brought home to the wrong wife at the wrong time.  Now he must employ the help of his unemployed and hapless neighbor, Stanley Gardner, in a madcap race against two detectives and his own lies to keep each of his wives unaware of the other.

Cooney’s Run for Your Wife is a classic farce in the vein of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off or Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.  Outlandish characters, a quick plot, and unlikely events whip the cast and the audience into a hilarious frenzy by the end of the show.  Indeed, the colorful characters, mistaken identities, and manic efforts to conceal or expose the truth in Run for Your Wife will keep people both guessing and laughing until the final curtain.

“We wanted to find a perfect, carefree conclusion for Palo Alto Players’ current season,” says Peter Bliznick, Executive Director of the 78-year-old company. Run for Your Wife combines bigamy and big laughs but it also has a notable honor.

_Run for Your Wife was chosen as one of the 100 most significant works of the 20th Century in Great Britain’s National Theatre poll of playwrights, actors, journalists and other theatre professionals.  “For some, the merits of this deceptively simple, audience-pleasing English farce by Ray Cooney put it right up there with works by Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, Tom Stoppard, Noel Coward and others,” concludes Bliznick.


Dave Sikula, who will be directing the talented cast of_ Run for Your Wife, _is returning to direct for the Palo Alto Players, having last directed the thought-provoking “Copenhagen” in the 2007 – 2008 season.  Sikula is looking forward to the speed and timing necessary to keep a farce going.  “That’s the challenge;” says Sikula, “to keep things both moving and motivated so that no one – either in the play or the audience – has a chance (or a reason) to think about what just happened, or what the consequence will be.”   Though a farce may be absurd, SiIkula says the payoff is the gift of a show that will “make us laugh and forget the real world for a couple of hours, and if they do that, well, isn’t that enough?”

The Palo Alto Players cast of Run for Your Wife is as follows:

Paul Wells (Redwood City)

Jean Naughton (Belmont)

Kate Phillips (Redwood City)

Jonathan Ferro (Hayward)

John Baldwin (Sunnyvale)

Mark Rawlins (Menlo Park)

Steve Anthony (Sunnyvale)

Palo Alto Players resident scenic designer Kuo-Hao Lo has created a physics-bending 60’s throwback set that portrays both of Johns two households at the same time on the same stage.  The groovy costumes are by resident costumer Mary Cravens with wig design by Rande Harris.  Carolyn Foot serves as lighting designer and master electrician for_ Run for Your Wife._ Pat Tyler is properties designer and George Mauro acts as both sound designer and stage manager.

About the Ticket Supplier: Palo Alto Players

The Peninsula’s first theatre company, Palo Alto Players has been continuously producing quality live theater in Palo Alto since 1931. Based at the Lucie Stern Theater, built for them in 1933, Palo Alto Players produces a season of comedies, dramas, classics and musicals from September to June. Audiences and participants come from all over the Bay Area to be a part of their productions.