It may have a salacious title, but Mesa Encore Theatre’s newest production, “Right Bed, Wrong Husband,” opening Jan. 3, is a night of good clean fun.

In the play full of old-fashioned mishaps, one little white lie leads to another when Uncle Martin drops in to visit Ted and his wife. The trouble is, Ted isn’t married, and his fiancée is nowhere to be found. Enter a pretty girl, her jealous husband, a too-helpful maid — and things couldn’t get much worse.

“Every character in this production is someone we know, even if it’s ourself,” says director Van Rockwell.

He says Mesa Encore Theatre’s relatively new Black Box on Brown performance venue is a good fit for the play’s style.

“Compared to other farces, ‘Right Bed, Wrong Husband’ is definitely more grounded. It encompasses one day and night in one location. ...I feel the comedy here will be different than that of a wide auditorium, where the fourth wall is obviously divided. And, as we are doing a ‘sitcom’ effect, it is as if this farce is happening right in your living room,” says Rockwell.


What: “Right Bed, Wrong Husband,” a live stage comedy

When: Plays Jan. 3-19

Where: Black Box on Brown Theatre, 318 E. Brown Road, Suite 101, Mesa

Cost: $12

Information: (800) 838-3006 or

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