"Run for Your Wife" comes to the Lyceum Theatre

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Lyceum Theatre takes a break from the big musical's to bring you a show full of laughs with "Run for Your Wife," July 23 -- 30.

Run For Your Wife is a superb example of British farce. It's the story of London cabdriver, John Smith, who has two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. Because of complicated accident his worlds collide, and the police are called in to investigate. The cabby works tirelessly and hilariously to keep his suspicious wives from running into each other and all of his stories together. "A comedy more often then not, deals with extraordinary or unusual people in commonplace situations," said Lyceum Artistic Director Quin Gresham. "Farce, however deals with the reverse--common people in impossibly strange situations."

David Schmittou as John Smith makes his Lyceum debut with "Run for Your Wife." having grown up in nearby Boonville. Recent work include "Lend Me A Tenor" at the Vandivort Theatre, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" at the Tent Theatre, "The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare" at Cape May Stage and "The Foreigner" at Beef and Boards. His favorite roles include "The Music Man" as Harold Hill, "Big- The Musical" as Big Josh, "Doubt" as Father Flynn "The Sound Of Music" as Captain von Trapp and "Blithe Spirit" as Charles. Schmittou is a Kevin Kline Award winner for "The Drowsy Chaperone" at Stages St. Louis, where he will appear in "Victor/Victoria" this fall.Playing the role of the bumbling upstairs neighbor, Stanley Gardner, is Lyceum favorite, Dana Snyder. He appeared earlier this season in "Damn Yankees" and "The Sound of Music" and last season as Max Bialystock in "The Producers." Snyder has performed in theaters around the country as well as in film, television and radio. His voice is most recognizable as that of Master Shake on Adult Swim's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force".

Last seen at the Lyceum as Maria in "The Sound of Music," Amy Justman returns to the stage in the role of Mary Smith. Justman's Broadway credits include Susan in "Company" and understudying Betty in "White Christmas." She later played Betty at the Pioneer Theatre. Other New York credits include "Where's Charley?," "Lost in the Stars," and "Music in the Air" at Encores. In addition to Bernstein's "Mass" and "The Grapes of Wrath" at Carnegie Hall. As well as performances with NY City Ballet and City Opera. Her regional roles include Heidi in "Title of Show" at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Claire in "Ordinary Days" at the Adirondack Theatre Festival and Mrs. Nordstrom in "A Little Night Music" at Centerstage. This fall, Justman will travel to Japan for a concert tour of Disney music with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Stacey Harris as Barbara Smith is John's second wife, Barbara Smith. Earlier this season Harris played the roles of Lola in "Damn Yankees" and Elsa Schraeder in "The Sound of Music." Harris has appeared on Broadway in "Bells Are Ringing," off-Broadway in "Lone Star Love" as well as in the national tours of "Show Boat," "Cinderella," and "Dreamgirls." Her favorite regional credits include "Chicago" as Roxie, "Bye Bye Birdie" as Rosie, "West Side Story"as Anita, "Grease" as Rizzo, "My One and Only" as Edythe, "Romance, Romance" as Josefine/Monica, "A Chorus Line" as Diana Morales, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" as Lala, "Syncopation" as Anna and most recently "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Harris has also traveled the world as a member of The Victory Belles, entertaining our troops and veterans with 1940s patriotic music.

Having just appeared in the Lyceum Theatre's production of "The Sound of Music," Gary Lindemann returns to the stage as Detective Sergeant Throughton in "Run For Your Wife." He performed in the "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway as Raoul. His performed in the national tours of "Disney's High School Musical" as Coach Bolton, "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" as a Soloist. His favorite regional roles include "Man of LaMancha" as Quixote/Cervantes, "1776" as Edward Rutledge, "The 39 Steps" as Richard Hannay, "The Sound of Music" as Capt. Von Trapp, "42nd Street" as Pat Denning, "Little Women" as Prof. Bhaer, "Urinetown" as Lockstock, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as Trevor, "Sweeney Todd" as Antony and "Kiss Me Kate" as Fred". His television credits include: "Law & Order," "All My Children," "One Life to Live," "Another World" and "Ryan's Hope."

Michael Rothhaar returns to the Lyceum stage this season as Detective Sergeant Porterhouse. In previous seasons Rothhaar has appeared in "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "You Can't Take It With You" and "And Then There Were None." He also directed "My Fair Lady" in 2010. His theatrical credits include Broadway productions of "The Front Page" and "The Corn is Green as well as an off-Broadway production of "The Foreigner." He has also performed in L.A. company's "Sheer Madness" as well as productions with Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Capital Rep, Meadow Brook, Washington Stage Guild and Olney Theatre. He is a member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. In Dallas, he appeared in the American premiere of "Dog Days," written and directed by Simon Gray Film. His TV credits include "Radio Free Albemuth," "The Nutty Professor," "Space Jam," "The Piano Player," "Modern Family," "Bones," "Family Law," "Cold Case," "Eli Stone," "The Practice" and "Star Trek-The Next Generation."

Harold Hynick returns to the Lyceum as Bobby Franklin. His past Lyceum roles have included Spritzer/Principal/Mr. Pinky in "Hairspray," Mr. DiPinna in "You Can't Take it With You," and Rogers in "And Then There Were None." Hynick is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Missouri Valley College, where he also serves as faculty senate president. His favorite roles include Dogberry in "Much Ado About Nothing," Selsdon in "Noises Off," and Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night."

Rich Lawson makes his 2011 debut at the Lyceum in "Run For Your Wife." Lawson's previous shows include "Arsenic and Old Lace" in 2008 and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 2010.

"Run For Your Wife" is directed by Lyceum Artistic Director, Quin Gresham. The production team is made up of Tim Case, scenic designer; Randy B. Winder, resident lighting designer; Melissa Neal, costume designer and Ryan Matthew Hall, resident sound designer.

The production stage manager is Tony Dearing. The assistant stage manager is Emilee Buchheit.

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  • Saw "Run for your Wife" in the mid-80s in London. Laughed until tears ran down my face. Enjoy:)

    -- Posted by upsedaisy on Mon, Jul 18, 2011, at 11:08 PM
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