Run For Your Wife will make married men see how simple and easy their married life is by comparison. For those who are not married, enjoy the on-stage pandemonium and appreciate your quiet home life. The show runs through May 4th at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, expertly directed by Marcia Cash.
Marcia cash has proven herself to be an exceptional playwright with over a dozen produced plays to her credit and proves to be equally exceptional as a director of farce. Her strength as a director even extends to her casting, resulting in a very well rounded ensemble of comedic actors.
David Leyshon, who plays John Smith, shows great style and technique as he underplays his panic and anxiety at being caught in his own web of lies. His skillfully understated reactions provide a very good contrast to peak moments of the story’s most hilarious moments. Also, his generosity as a performer allows the other actors to shine during their scenes with him.
Michael Lamport is Stanley Gardner, John’s friend and neighbor. I looked forward to his performance, knowing his reputation and my expectations were exceeded. While maintaining a strong farcical performance, he also brings the right balance of playfulness and smoothness to the role. When he has to switch from a London dialect to West Country, he does so with ease, making the transition very funny indeed.
Delightful performances are given by the actresses playing the two wives. Stacy Smith, who plays Barbara Smith, demonstrates her fine acting skills as she moves from casual elegance to slowly mounting confusion. Suzie Burnett (no relation) clearly owns the role of Mary Smith. She presents Mary with an attractively assertive personality and reminds us why John fell in love with her. Very nicely done by both of these talented actors.
The crisp, by- the- book Sergeant Troughton is played very smartly by David Talbot, who’s interpretation of the all-business, unflappable policeman is just right. Anthony Bekenn is very funny as the more down-to-earth and affable Detective Sergeant Porterhouse. He plays the detective’s simple humanity and good-natured charm with true warmth. Congratulations to both of the ‘lads on the force’!
It would be wrong not to make special note of Aidan deSalaiz’s performance as Bobby Franklyn. He gives his character enough flamboyant dash while sensibly avoiding worn-out stereotypes and clichés. He makes Bobby a very real fellow who is enjoying being caught up in a real life drama. deSalaiz aslo doubles as an over-bearing newspaper reporter. Hats off to you, Aidan!
I must mention two elements of the overall performance that caught my attention. Some of the laughs from the audience were cut a bit short because of scenes being played rather more quickly than necessary, not allowing pauses for inevitable laughter. Secondly, I thought that the choice of British dialect was a bit too “middle class” and educated sounding. These characters are blue collar and it may have been enjoyable hearing a blue collar way of speaking. The script, as it’s written can be taken in either direction and perhaps this choice was made for the sake of a largely Canadian audience.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.dunfieldtheatrecambride.com or at the box office by calling (519) 621-8000 or toll free 1-855-372-9866.
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