PPPs' fast farce-on-the-fly 'See How They Run' closes June 15
Even funnier than one of the Queen’s corgis cutting a caper, Possum Point Players' production of “See How They Run” is continuous action from curtain to curtain. The final performances will take place Friday through Sunday, June 13-15 at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The modern-day farce illustrates what can happen if almost every man on stage is clothed in the cloth and pretending to be pious and most of the women are daft or drunk.
There is at least one veritable vicar, Pat Erhardt, and one by-the-book bishop, John Zinzi. As a former actor, but now air force corporal, Jerry Cox dons a collar in hopes of dodging air force curfew while he takes in a play with a former leading lady, Amy Denham, who just happens to now be Mrs. Vicar.
When an innocent, if meddling, parishioner, Diane Counts, observes the vicar’s wife caught up in the throes of a theatrical re-creation, it only follows that she takes the couple rolling on the floor to be vicar and wife. Who wouldn’t? Her shock and focus on how this may affect the pending Harvest Festival leads to her first of many experiences with fading to black and waking to libation.
Housemaid Ida, Julia Bloom, is quick with the libation, handy with pressed clothing and cunning about closeting those whose faculties might be faulty. When a stand-in reverend, Doug Friend, who is slated for the pulpit the next day, wanders into the vicarage, he finds himself in a whirlwind of men in various stages of dress. Some are collared, some are stripped to bare essentials, some wield weapons as they flit and dart or tumble in and out of windows and doors.
One intrusive man, Mike Williams, sometimes in a collar, sometimes wielding a weapon, also shouts in a foreign tongue. His seems more intent on eliminating enemies than in leading a flock.
In the ensuing action, the legitimate bishop gets bounced, the inebriated but innocent parishioner tries to collar the rightful reverend, and just about everyone ends up confined to quarters when the good Sergeant Towers, Chuck Rafferty, arrives to sort the whole thing out.
“See How They Run” is directed by Michael Murnin, who last directed “White Christmas” for Possum Point Players.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18, or for seniors and students, $17, and may be purchased at www.possumpointplayers.org. For phone orders, call Possums’ ticket line, 302-856-4560.