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British humor takes over Broadway Palm with ‘Run For Your Wife’

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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:15 pm

The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents an evening of fun and laughter with its production of the British comedy “Run For Your Wife” by playwright Ray Cooney, known as the British Neil Simon.

“Run For Your Wife” opens Thursday and plays through March 18 in the Broadway Palm’s Marquee Theatre. One-liners, mistaken identities and improbable situations will have the audience laughing throughout the show.

John Smith is your ordinary London cab driver. He owns his own car, sets his own hours, is hard working, punctual and lives an ordinary life … except for his two wives. He has successfully kept his two lives separate by spending mornings with Barbara and evenings with Mary. Complication is piled upon complication as he works to keep his suspicious wives from running into each other and to keep all of his stories straight. It all starts to fall apart when John is injured in a mugging and the police return him to the wrong wife at the wrong time. To make matters worse, his picture appears in the local paper and the police show up to investigate how two men named John Smith with two different addresses were both mugged on the same day.

The role of John Smith is played by ariZoni award-winner Timothy Pitman, and the roles of his wives are played by Elizabeth Brooks and Jillyn Jacobs. The cast includes Erik Hogan (Stanley Gardner), Andy Jacobs (Detective Troughton), Mark Kleinman (Detective Porterhouse) and Mark Shannon (Bobby Franklyn/Reporter). The show is directed by Victor Legarreta, with set design by Paul Drechsel and Tom Prather, lighting and sound design by Chris Kockler and costumes by Jim Conti and Mary Atkinson.

Broadway Palm’s Marquee Theatre is an intimate 120-seat general admission theater on the east end of the lobby, where no seat is further than 40 feet from the stage. Ticket prices are $39 for buffet and show, $20 for show only. Tickets can be reserved by calling 480-325-6700 or by stopping by the box office at 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa.

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