Run For Your Wife
RICHARD PARR Watlington Village Hall
There were laughs a-plenty in this Ray Cooney farce, and a talented cast managed to get the best out of a very funny script.
The classic one-liners and corny gags came thick and fast in this absurd tale of bigamy in the London suburbs.
There are numerous twists and turns along the way as cab driver John Smith tries to conceal the fact that there are two Mrs Smiths.
In 2003 it could be argued that theatrical farce has seen its day, but the audience thoroughly enjoyed this frothy, sexy romp full of cross purposes and double entendres.
After a rather slow start, the action gathered pace, not least because of all the coming and goings through several doorways and almost continual confused telephone conversations as the complicated plot unfolded. There were some excellent characterisations, notably an impressive debut by Nick Thornton (reminiscent of Mr Bean) who finds himself hilariously and unwittingly caught up in Mr Smith's marital double life.
- 1 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 2 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 3 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 4 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 5 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 6 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
- 7 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 8 'We will all miss him': Poignant tributes paid to 'brilliant' solicitor
- 9 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 10 City weigh up Hugill's next move
Sandra Cartwright, as Mary Smith, and Helen Fradley, as Barbara Smith, gave convincing humorous performances as the two wives while David Wagg got the best out of some mirth-making dialogue.
Peter Fiddling was spot-on in the role of the detective, and veteran Player Adrian Baxter added to his stable of character parts in the role of gay neighbour Bobby Franklyn, an audience favourite. Claire Cooper and Simon Carpenter's effective split room design made an impressive set.