Spring break will have many fleeing Fargo, but for those staying, an area play may be just the ticket for a way to wind down.
The Harwood Prairie Playhouse, now in its 31st year, is bringing back a favorite farce for the first time. Never before has a show been repeated, but “Run For Your Wife” rounds up actors of the company’s last 15 years to celebrate how far Harwood Prairie Playhouse has come.
“We have a few people who have not been in shows for a very long time,” cast member Shanara Lassig said.
Lassig, who has directed several Harwood shows in recent years, hasn’t been on the company’s stage since 2010. Other actors, she pointed out, have been gone longer, like Perry Rust, whose last performance was in 2000.
“The last time he was in a show was when he actually played the part he is playing this time,” Lassig said. “He has the same part he had 15 years ago.”
Other cast members return from their last bows taken five to 14 years ago, and it’s that experience that brought them back this year. Everyone in the cast had to have Harwood stage experience.
“Run For Your Wife” was agreed on as a good one to do again, and with its writer Ray Cooney hailed as “the master of farce,” Lassig said, there should be no complaints about repeating it.
The play is actually somewhat similar to another farce Lassig directed last month, “Boeing Boeing” by the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. Instead of juggling three flight attendant fiancees, “Run For Your Wife” finds its leading man John Smith keeping two wives apart after a hospital discharges him to the “wrong” house.
What results is a clever confusion of comings and goings by wacky characters in a show for pure entertainment, which is what the Harwood Prairie Playhouse is all about.
“We just do farces at Harwood,” Lassig said. “That (is) what our audience expects, and it’s what we’ve been doing for the past 30 years.”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 13-14, 20-21, 26-28, 2 p.m. March 15, 22 & 28
WHERE: Bonanzaville’s Dawson Hall in West Fargo
MORE INFO: 701-298-6807