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'See How They Run' opens Thursday on Playhouse stage

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The trip is off, Brad Sandy (as Clive) is telling Caroline Good (as Penelope), the wife of the local Vicar, in a scene from the Putnam County Playhouse production of "See How They Run." The comedy opens its run at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre off Round Barn Road in Greencastle. Subsequent shows are set for Friday, Saturday and Sept. 19-22. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the box office (653-5880). (Banner Graphic/ERIC BERNSEE) [Order this photo]
The 2012 season of Putnam County Playhouse will close with a production of the comedy "See How They Run."

Directed by Larry Sutton, the Philip King-written British farce will have performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and again Sept. 19-22.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 653-5880 after 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All tickets are $10 and all performances are at 8 p.m. at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre, Greencastle.

Corporate sponsor for the show is Shuee & Sons Appliances.

"See How They Run" is not just the title of the show, it's a description of the action. It has all the elements of the classic farce, including mistaken identities, fast-paced chases and missing apparel.

What happened to the Vicar's pants? Why is the Bishop in his nightclothes? What did the maid do with the Corporal's uniform? All these answers and more are hilariously revealed by the end of the evening.

The plot is put into motion by Penelope Toop (Caroline Good), the wife the local Vicar (Jack Randall Earles). When she decides to have an evening out with an old friend (Brad Sandy), everything goes wrong.

Good was most recently seen at the Playhouse as The Detective in "Clue: The Musical."

Earles, meanwhile, directed "The Curious Savage" in July. Brad Sandy performed last season in "Camelot" as Mordred.

Misunderstandings involving the local spinster (Eleanor Howard), the wise-cracking maid (Peggy McClaine), and a Bishop (Bill Wieland) are fast and furious.

Add another Vicar (Jim Green), an escaped Russian spy (T.J. Tincher) and an army sergeant (Lita Sandy), and the fun is multiplied again.

Howard appeared earlier this season in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," as did Tincher. Green has done technical work all season, and Lita Sandy directed last year's "Cheaper By the Dozen."

McClaine is returning to the PCPH stage this year, but has been seen in such past successes as "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," "The Cemetery Club" and "Guys and Dolls."

Linda Gjesvold is assistant director and set designer for the production. Michael McClaine and Brenda McClaine are working on the technical side.

Director Sutton is a longtime PCPH participant.

Most recently he directed "The Glass Menagerie" and appeared in "All My Sons." Gjesvold has done set design for many productions at PCPH, including "The Curious Savage" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" this year.

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