Ray Cooney's Run For Your Wife has proved popular over the years, particularly after its run in London (which incidentally lasted 9 years). In 2000 he followed this play up with a sequel, Caught in the Net, and last night the audience at Grange Playhouse were treated to an uproarious production, courtesy of the Fellowship Players.
The cast of seven were a delight in this fast-paced, non-stop comic triumph. As the play unfolds, the audience are left breathless as the story twists and turns - you never knew what would happen next!
Excellent supporting performances from the two wives, Julie Barry as Barbara and Ruth Bosman's hilarious Mary, with assured performances from the two youngest cast members, Josh Bosman as Gavin and Emily Hawes as Vicki. There was also an equally brilliant cameo from Roger Shepherd as Mr Gardner, however it was the sheer energy, commitment and execution from the duo of Keith Ellis and Ian Eaton as John Smith and Stanley Gardner that made this play a joyous success.
Eaton's descent into hysterical despair was replicated in the audience as the lies built up and up and up - by the end you had completely lost track of what was truth and what wasn't. Making this a truly great show.
Ellis and Eaton threw everything they had at their respective roles and the pace never let up. Quips left, right and centre, unrelenting physical comedy and a good old dose of farcical door slamming, the audience were roaring with laughter throughout.
If you want to have a good, proper belly laugh, then this is the show for you! Under the sublime direction of Michelle Jennings, there was not one laughable opportunity missed.
Congratulations to all involved.
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