Classic British farce performed in Colchester

Philip King’s classic British farce “See How They Run” opened on Aug. 1 at the Saint Michael’s Playhouse in Colchester. The show concludes the 71st season at the Playhouse and will run Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 7-11.
In a small, tightly-knit English village, a plot of mishaps and mistaken identities causes the action to spiral out of control. Involving an American actress, a cockney maid, a dashing soldier, a village gossip, a Russian spy, and a bevy of bishops, deacons, and vicars, “See How They Run” is a tour-de-force comedy not to be missed.
Opening in London in January 1945, “See How They Run” provided the perfect escapist entertainment during Britain’s darkest hour. While the lights were going out in Europe they defiantly remained on in London’s West End during the world premiere of this mad-cap comedy.
The show features Clare Mahoney as Penelope Toop, Tyler Nye as Reverend Lionel Toop, Amanda Ryan Paige as Miss Skillon, Gregory Jon Phelps as Clive Winton, Lilly Tobin as Ida, Kordell Pritchard as the Intruder, Kenneth Kimmins as The Bishop of Lax, Bill Carmichael (of Vergennes) as Reverend Arthur Humphrey, Zachary Gibson as Sergeant Towers.
“See How They Run” is directed by Catherine Doherty. The creative team includes John Paul Devlin (scenic and lighting design), Renee Baker (costume design), Joel Abbott (sound design), and Jacob Foster (property design).
“We can all use a couple hours of non-stop laughter,” said Chuck Tobin, Producing Artistic Director of the Playhouse. “Audience members will laugh heartily from beginning to end at the hilarious hijinks and madcap mayhem of this perfectly written British farce.”
Evening performances are Aug. 1-4, and 7-11, at 8 p.m., with matinee performances Aug. 4 and 11, at 2 p.m.
Single ticket prices range from $36 to $45. The Playhouse is located at McCarthy Arts Center, on Route 15, in Colchester. Tickets are available online at saintmichaelsplayouse.org, by calling (802) 654-2281 or visiting the walk-up window in the lobby of McCarthy Arts Center.

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