Muse Productions return to the Oakwood Arms Hotel this April with ‘Run for your Wife’, a classic farce guaranteed to chase away the winter doldrums. This hilarious comedy centres round the travails of a London Cabbie who has been successfully juggling a double life until an accident derails his meticulous schedule. The audience are made privy to his ‘little secret’ in the opening scene as two concerned wives simultaneously phone the police regarding the whereabouts of their missing husbands – and describe the one and the same John Smith! The stage is then set for hijinks and mayhem as John (played by Chris Rowley) dashes from one home to the other, desperately struggling to keep his two carefully orchestrated worlds from colliding.
As John endeavours to cover his tracks, his lazy but likeable neighbour Stanley (played by Chris Willetts) becomes his unwitting accomplice, and the preposterous scenarios that ensue make for two hours of nonstop action and light-hearted fun that will have you wondering what can possibly happen next. This play, by Ray Cooney – the uncrowned king of farce, is comedy at its best. Laughs are fuelled by slapstick, physical comedy, double entendre and cases of mistaken identity which cross all boundaries with virtually no holds barred. Joining Chris and Chris on stage are Kathleen Browne and Aideen Clancy as the unsuspecting wives, Martin McNelis and Eoin Sheedy as the police officers investigating the missing persons report, Eoghan Rice as the colourful upstairs neighbour and Helen White as the intrepid reporter.
‘Run for your Wife’ will run for 5 nights from Tuesday April 10th to Saturday April 14th at 8pm nightly in the Oakwood Arms. Tickets are €10 and are available on the door, or can be prebooked on 087 155 3055
There will be a reading for this hilarious farce in the Oakwood Arms, on Thursday 1st September at 8pm. As usual all are welcome.
The story of London cab driver John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. With one wife at home in Streatham and another at home in Wimbledon, and with occupants of the flat upstairs at the latter location.
Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts with his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs in Wimbledon, to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers.
The cast required is as follows:
Mary Smith: (F) Middle aged. Smart, and attractive. Wife of John Smith Barbara Smith: (F) Middle aged. Smart, and attractive. Wife of John Smith. John Smith: (M) Middle aged. Very mild mannered. Det. Sgt. Troughton: (M/F) Young Adult. Uptight, hard nosed, cop with a chip on his/her shoulder and something to prove.
Stanley Gardner: (M) Middle aged. Great character. Lazy out of work friend of John. Great comedic role. Reporter: (M/F) Good starter role. Pushy reporter. Det. Sgt. Porterhouse: (M) Middle aged – Older. Good old boy. Great character Bobby Franklyn: (M) Young – Middle aged. A gay, very gay, man. A great comedic character, and must be played as over the top.