“See How They Run,” Philip King’s comedy of mistaken identities, chases and madcap fun takes over Dearborn High School’s Valentine Auditorium, 19501 W. Outer Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 to 18, with four double-cast roles.
When Penelope, the free-spirited American actress wife of a British vicar, is visited by a fellow actor, Clive, now in the military, he dons ministerial garb to avoid military regulations that forbid him from fraternizing in uniform. However, when the nosy and critical parish matriarch Miss Skillon sees the two act out a scene from Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” she thinks the vicar is hitting his new bride, and in despair gets drunk on the cooking sherry.
Meanwhile, a Russian spy looking for a place to hide also dons ministerial garb, and when other legitimate vicars arrive, there is a confusion of clergy. Ida, a spunky and flirtatious maid and Sgt. Towers, a local constable, add to the colorful cast.
Director Greg Viscomi double cast four key roles, with the odd day cast (Nov. 15 and 17) featuring Anna Karoub as Penelope Toop, Tristan Nunez as Rev. Arthur Humphrey, Graham Dallas as Corporal Clive Winton and Katie Garber as Ida.
The even day cast (Nov. 16 and 18) includes Heather Slanec as Penelope Toop, Sam Joachim as Rev. Arthur Humphrey, Brandon Hestand as Corporal Clive Winton and Scout Greimel as Ida.
Appearing in all four performances are Ben Blessing as the Russian spy intruder, Andrew Blankenship as Sgt. Towers, Case de Koning as Rev. Lionel Toop, Matt Apostle as the Bishop of Lax and Tessa Nickles as Miss Skillon.
Greimel, who speaks with a Cockney accent as Ida the maid, said the learning process was fun despite the work required to polish a role she said has been on her wish list. Even though the comedy has been around awhile, Greimel said all audiences will enjoy its humor.
Slanec, who said she had fun developing Penelope’s sassy, assertive character, predicts audiences will leave the theater smiling after having laughed often.
Apostle said while the show is a farce, comic timing is the key to its success.
“The show is a funny, fast-paced comedy with humor for all audiences,” he said. “I hope the audience walks out after the play with their heads still spinning.”
Tickets are $11, with a $1 discount for college students with identification, and a $2 discount for students 18 and under, and seniors 65 and older. Call the box office at 313-827-1647 to order tickets.