May 25, 2006
New Thalian Players bring British farce to U.S.
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying local this weekend? The New Thalian Players have you covered with Run for your Wife, a British farce that promises fast-paced live comedy.
“It takes you on a ride and you really enjoy the ride the entire way through,” said director Jason Plante of Chester. Plante performed as Eugene in Grease with New Thalian last summer.
In Run for Your Wife, a London cabbie ends up with two wives and keeps a tight schedule to keep them both happy and unaware of each other, until an accident lands him in the hospital. “A very ordinary man has a very special secret – or something that somebody would never suspect,” Plante said.
Run for Your Wife has been on Plante’s “must direct someday” list for about 15 years so he jumped at it when New Thalian scheduled the show.
This show is staying true to its British roots, although it has American actors.
Some have been in farces and some have portrayed British characters before. Plante said that the major challenge has been getting the actors to adopt British idioms and culture enough to improvise. Using “Right, then,” instead of “right,” was an example he used.
“This show does kind of follow a bit of a free form,” Plante said, and the speed and physical comedy means the players might get into a situation on stage when they have to deviate from the script.
Plante has had British acquaintances come to rehearsal for actors to pick their brains about such things as “exactly what was a pickle and cheese sandwich.”
Plante has assigned them CDs to listen to with a compilation of British readers, and even a stand-up comic to try to get them to adopt the right dialect.
Run for Your Wife will be presented by New Thalian Players Friday and Saturday,
May 26 and 27, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. Performances will be at Bedford Old Town Hall, Meetinghouse Road, Bedford Center. Tickets are $12 to $15 from newthalianplayers.org or call 666-6466.
The British farce “Run For Your Wife” will be performed at Bedford’s Old Town Hall Fri. and Sat. , May 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and Sun., May 28 at 3 p.m. The cast includes (seated, from left): Kristin McGregor of Lowell, Mass. (as Mary Smith); Kevin Roberge of Manchester, N.H. (as John Smith), Caity Glover of Manchester, N.H. (as Mary Smith); standing, from left: Jennifer MacDonald of Newmarket, N.H. (as Reporter), Len Deming of Nashua, N.H. (as Detective Sgt. Troughton), Eliot Johnston of Stratham, N.H. (as Stanley Gardner), Neal Blaiklock of Merrimack, N.H. (as Detective Sgt. Porterhouse), and Jason Crowell of Merrimack, N.H. (as Bobby Franklyn). Directer by Jason Plante of Chester, N.H., the show is being staged by New Thalian Players, a community theater troupe based in Manchester. Tickets are available at the door; 18 and under $12, adults $15, seniors 65 or over $12. newthalianplayers.org
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