Unassuming – and two-timing – taxi driver John Smith has two wives in two nearby towns and must keep them from ever discovering each other.
That’s the plot of “Run For Your Wife,” Second Street Players’ fast-paced comedy that will open at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Riverfront Theater in downtown Milford.
When Smith, played by Brandon Twilley from Felton, is injured intervening in a mugging, his multi-matrimonial life of lies is turned upside down. With the help of his neighbor Stanley, played by Josiah Rich of Dover, John heaps lies upon lies to cover up his secret. The result is a mixture of slapstick and mistaken identities reminiscent of the best of Monty Python.
John’s two wives, Mary and Barbara, are played by Aubrey Edwards of Felton and Erin Rich of Dover. Det. Sgt. Troughton and Det. Sgt. Porterhouse, the two police detectives investigating the marital mix-up, are played by Guy Crawford of Harrington and John D. Rich Jr. of Dover. Donnie Lonski of Felton as Bobby Franklin, the flamboyant upstairs decorator, and Lezlie Eustis of Milford as the inquisitive reporter round out the cast.
“Run For Your Wife” is directed by Steve Twilley of Milford. He is a veteran director of community theater comedies and considers “Run For Your Wife” to be a classic. “This is definitely a ‘tickle your funny bone’ show,” said Twilley. “They don’t get any funnier or better than this. There are laughs and surprises around every corner.”
The play is written by Ray Cooney, recognized as a master of farce.
“Run For Your Wife” will be at the Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford, for two weekends only. Performances are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, and Sept. 20 and 21, with curtain at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 and 22.
Tickets are $17 with a $1 discount for seniors, students and military at the Sunday matinees.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.secondstreetplayers.com or call 800-838-3006.