|Laurel Stroud, Maureen Mansfield and Mary Ann Tweedie |
during rehearsal for Whose Wives?
While this headline may look like some cryptic text message from your teenage daughter, what I am saying is that Whose Wives Are They Anyway? (“WWATA?”) will definitely leave you Laughing Out Loud (“LOL”) or more likely, Rolling On The Floor Laughing Your Ass Off (“ROTFLYAO”).
Tonight (Friday February 17) is opening night, and the cast and crew are excited to finally bring this American farce to the Barn stage. The set has eight doors or entrances and the eight actors are constantly flying in and out of them so fast that your head may spin trying to follow all the action. (My character, Wilson, has 25 entrances alone and Mrs. Carlson, played by Mary Ann Tweedie, has 21.) The two beds, couch and chair get plenty of “action” too, with actors falling all over the furniture and on top of one another in this comedy of errors. And did I mention that there is plenty of cross-dressing and under-dressing just to keep things interesting?
The basic premise is that two male executives go off for a golf weekend without their wives, only to bump into their new boss, who confides that “No one like that will ever work for me.” So, the guys have to produce “wives” on short notice. They might just get away with it too, but their real wives show up unexpectedly and their scheme starts to unravel from there. As John Boufford’s character David McGachen laments, “Things are really getting out of hand!”
If final dress rehearsal is any indication, there will be plenty of laugh out loud moments for the audience. The fast pace, "sexual shenanigans", surprising twists, and physical comedy will keep people guessing – and laughing – all night long. And you definitely won’t want to miss the two Mrs. McGachens and the three Mrs. Bakers. As Wilson, says, “I don’t believe it. Now there’s three of them. And I thought I’d seen it all!”
Whose Wives Are They Anyway? opens Friday February 17 and runs through Saturday March 3. To make sure you “see it all,” get your tickets at www.farmingtonplayers.org or call the box office at 248-553-2955. Find us on Facebook under "Farmington Players".