Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 by Pat Gaik
Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre is happy to announce the opening of the outrageous adult comedy “Run for Your Wife” by one of the Barn’s favorite authors, the prolific Ray Cooney and starring Dan Challacombe and Bob Lane Junior. The hilarious hijinks begin March 10 with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through May 1. There is no performance on Easter Sunday, April 24.
“Run for Your Wife” is perhaps Cooney’s most famous farce, playing for many years in London as well as New York. The plot concerns mild-mannered taxi driver John Smith who has two wives in two homes that he time-shares by means of an exact and meticulous schedule. An unexpected accident causes mayhem when he is taken to the wrong house at the wrong time. Very soon comic chaos ensues as John struggles to keep his secret with the help of his reluctant upstairs neighbor Stanley. Two policemen complicate matters as they try to get to the truth behind the confusion, along with a tabloid reporter who gets hold of the story and the upstairs neighbor at John’s other home who’s trying to drown everyone from above with a flood of spilled paint.
Barn favorites Dan Challacombe and Bob Lane Jr. head the cast as John and Stanley, with Miranda Axsom and Diann Thompson as John’s wives Mary and Barbara, John Johnson and Fred Heskett as the policemen, Tom Weber as the reporter and Pat Gaik as flamboyant upstairs neighbor Bobby Franklin.
The production is directed by Mary Simon. Set design is by Tom Weber, technical direction is by April Wyant, and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin’s Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn’s renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with two fish entrées for the Lenten season. The buffet also features salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $32.00 on Thursday evenings, $34.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $36.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. Conklin’s is also BYOB for wine, beer or cocktails. Glasses, ice and ice buckets are provided at no extra charge. For reservations, call the box office at 309-965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at www.barn2.com.