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British comedy opens at Duluth theater

Run for your wife, a play at New Dawn Theater Company in Duluth, opens Friday.  Jocelyn McElroy, left, plays Barbara Smith and Steven Miller plays John Smith in this brittish comedy. (Photo by: Cathy Seith)

Run for your wife, a play at New Dawn Theater Company in Duluth, opens Friday. Jocelyn McElroy, left, plays Barbara Smith and Steven Miller plays John Smith in this brittish comedy. (Photo by: Cathy Seith)

IF YOU GO

What: “Run For Your Wife”

When: Friday through March 11, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: New Dawn Theater, 3087 Main St., Duluth

Cost: $12 to $15

For more: Visit newdawntheatercompany.com

DULUTH -- Need a little pick-me-up? New Dawn Theater's latest production, Ray Cooney's "Run For Your Wife" may be the cure for your blues.

It is a British comedy that the theater heard about through a strong suggestion from a past director and actor, who said it was "one of the funniest plays he had seen."

"When I read the script, I couldn't stop laughing," director Sherry Ingbritsen said. "I directed 'Noises Off' a few years back and this has the same comic feel to it."

Stanley Gardner thinks his downstairs neighbor, John Smith, is boring, plain and normal -- but he couldn't be further from the truth. Smith, who is a taxi driver in London, is married to two women.

The two wives, Mary Smith in Wimbledon and Barbara Smith in Streatham, live only miles apart.

All goes well for Smith until he's mugged and brought to the hospital. Two detectives get on the case, but are thrown off when Smith gives the wrong address to the cops.

Upstairs neighbor Gardner does his best to help Smith out and becomes part of the comedy. All of the characters become tangled in the web of lies, chaos and laughter.

"We wanted a show this time of year to be light-hearted and fun, something that audiences can come and just feel free to laugh the night away," Ingbritsen said.

The play runs through March 11.