There might not be three blind mice in “See How They Run” but there are three identically dressed vicars and a good deal of resulting confusion and comedy.
“Madcap” is a word that could have been invented for this play.
The classic play was first performed in 1944 and was staged by the Peterborough Rep, followed by a British tour to entertain the troops. The opening performance was marked by the explosion of three V-1 flying bombs, and reportedly George Gee in the original cast complained that they ruined his funniest lines in the play. A later rewrite places the events of the play just after World War II in the fictional British town of “Merton-cum-Middlewick.”
The plot follows the lead characters of Penelope Toop, a former actress now married to the local vicar, Rev. Lionel Toop. When they leave for the night, an old friend of Penelope and a Lance-Corporal stops by and dresses as a visiting vicar to avoid being caught for breaking army rules. What’s more, the actual visiting vicar arrives.
Comedic mix-ups occur in typical fashion, culminating with a Russian spy stumbling into the events and also disguising himself as the vicar. It’s impossible for a local police sergeant to sort out from among the four suspects until some quick thinking manages to sort out the conundrum.
“See How They Run” is showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 15-16 in Mingenback Theatre at McPherson College. Seating is limited, with priority given to season ticket holders. Tickets to all shows cost $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages high school and younger, as well as seniors.
Reservations may be made by contacting the theater box office at 620-242-0444 or at theatre@
Cast is Haleigh Orand, freshman, Wichita; Kenyatta Harden, junior, McPherson; Alyese Crist, junior, Quinter; Deon Shorter, junior, Pasadena, Calif.; Isaac Levin, senior, Dighton; Grahm Mahanna, senior, Hoxie; Jacob Patrick, junior, Elizabeth, Colo.; James Covel, freshman, Goddard; and Justin Dean, junior, Fuquay Varina, N.C.
Crew is Jd. Bowman, associate professor of theater and director; Zach Winkle, technical director, junior, Goddard; Kristie Gutierrez, stage manager, junior, Quinter; Rick Tyler, professor of speech and theater and set designer; E.H. Petropulos, costumes, Larkspur, Colo.; and Matraca Ewy, props, junior, Halstead.