Hurry to the Hilarity of Avon Players’ ‘Run for Your Wife’

Double spouses make for twice the laughter in this fast-paced romp

Comic collisions and merry misunderstandings will provide plenty of amusement for Metro Detroit audiences as Avon Players presents Run for Your Wife running March 18-April 2.

L to R: Jenna Russell as “Mary,” Luigi Murri as “John,” and Erica Gunaca as “Barbara.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford.

Run for Your Wife is a classic farce by Ray Cooney full of secrets ready to collapse, misunderstandings piling up, and plenty of uproarious twists. London cab driver John Smith (Luigi Murri) leads two lives, complete with different wives, Mary (Jenna Russell) and Barbara (Erica Gunaca). His irregular work schedule allows him to juggle them both without arousing suspicion. However, when he gets caught up in a mugging and wakes up in a hospital, he ends up with the wrong wife by his side. Now he must keep both of his lives from exploding as the police and his spouses ask increasingly uncomfortable questions. 

Director Joy Oetjens was drawn to the play because of the pace of the humor. “Run for Your Wife is a laugh-a-minute comedy from start to finish. Within the first minutes of the show, John Smith’s web of lies starts to unravel. Every attempt he makes to cover his tracks results in increasingly hilarious complications.” Oetjens is thrilled to have a skilled group of actors bringing to life Cooney’s madcap script: “The Avon cast is bursting with comedic talent. You don’t want to miss this one.”

Tickets for all shows are $21. Call 248.608.9077 for tickets or order online at www.AvonPlayers.org. Discounts on matinee tickets are available for seniors and students; call the box office for details. Additionally, group rates are available by calling the box office. Please consult the website for the most current COVID-19 precautions before your visit. “Like” Avon Players Theatre on Facebook for special offers on tickets. All major credit cards are accepted. All seats are reserved. Show dates and times follow:

Friday, March 18           8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 19       8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 20         2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 25           8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 26       8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 27         2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 1               8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 2           8:00 p.m.

Avon Players is celebrating its 75th year of bringing quality entertainment to its community. Founded in 1947, Avon Players is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre located along the winding banks of Stoney Creek in the quaint Historic District of Rochester Hills, only about two miles from the heart of downtown Rochester. Avon Players has been performing shows in its unique A-frame theater since 1965. With ticket prices set at a fraction of those at a professional theatre (plus free parking and concessions offered on a donation-only basis), a family of four can experience a sensational live theatrical event for about the cost of one ticket at a “downtown” venue. And for regular theatre-goers, an affordable outing can be an even better bargain by taking advantage of Avon Players’ season ticket packages, which yield discounts of up to 20% per ticket. Additionally, season ticket holders enjoy priority seating selection and voting privileges in Avon’s annual “Stoney Awards.” Additional information regarding tickets and productions is available by calling the Avon Players box office at 248.608.9077 or by visiting the website: www.AvonPlayers.org.

Cast and Production Staff by Community:

Clarkston

Steve Sanger (“Det. Sgt. Troughton”)

Clinton Township

Patrick Daniels (“Det. Sgt. Porterhouse”)

Patty Hagel (Properties Designer)

Detroit

Mark Hudson (“Bobby Franklyn”)

Ortonville

Joy Oetjens (Director)

Rochester

Jenna Russell (“Mary Smith”)

Rochester Hills

John(JD) Deierlein (Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Costume Designer)

Louise Holoday (Hair and Makeup Designer)

Royal Oak

Erica Gunaca (“Barbara Smith”)

Shelby Township

Luigi Murri (“John Smith”)

Mark Palmer (Producer)

Washington

Anya Cason (“Newspaper Reporter”)

Waterford

Jeff Stillman (“Stanley Gardner”)

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