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PARK CITY TROUPE RUNS INTO A WINNING FARCE

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One lie leads to another in the life of John Smith, taxi driver.

First came the lie of omission. One of his customers asked him to tea and, just to be friendly, he went and then, some teas later, she asked him to marry her and by that time he just felt too silly to say he was already married.So he married again. Then he had two wives. It could have happened to anyone. But how to keep them from finding out about each other? And how to remember the schedules between two homes, while finding time to drive a cab?

And what to do when he has an accident and, in his distress, gives one address to the police and another address to the hospital?

This is where the play begins. How to lie to the police and two spouses is the subject of Ray Cooney's comedy, "Run for Your Wife."

As directed by Toni Byrd and performed by Park City Performances, the play is an amusing, fast-paced farce.

Larry Webb is Smith. Webb gives us a delightfully desperate man. He has a range of rubbery expressions and a goofy manner that make him quite appealing.

An appealing Smith is necessary for this play to be funny. His wives describe him as an average-looking man who is sweeter than average. And Webb gives us a character who, while he is dishonest, seems neither sinister nor malicious. He does seem to be just the sort of easy-going bumbler that two women could have fallen for. He doesn't seem to be out to hurt anybody.

Once you buy into Smith's character, you can buy the whole set-up. You can enjoy the comedy for what it is - light fare, full of double-entendres and double-crosses.

Christine Woodward is Mary Smith, wife No. 1. She tends toward hysterics. Woodward is most humorous when she is drugged and grinning.

Jonathan Stowers is Stanley, Smith's neighbor. Stanley was troubling at first. It was hard to get a handle on why he and the police detective disliked each other so quickly. But by the second act, when Stanley becomes Smith's unwilling alibi, Stowers was more clear - and funny.

Jon Clarke is suspicious Detective Troughton and Luann Smith Hines is a confused but amiable Detective Porterhouse. Holly Claspill plays Barbara Smith, wife No. 2. Her character is feisty. Claspill walks a fine line, making Barbara believable when the character could easily seem too smart to be duped.

Timing is everything with Barbara's character and with this play in general. We can't be given time to ponder the implausibilities.

This production of "Run For Your Wife" makes it. The performances are snappy. The set, designed by Rafael Colon Castanera, works well as two homes, one home, then two homes again. Thus the stage is set, at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, for a zany and entertaining summer evening.