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Festival Antigonish: Run For Your Wife

Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds Ray Cooney’s Run For Your Wife hopelessly dated. I love a good comedy, but I find it difficult to work up a lot of enthusiasm for a play that’s as rife with gay caricatures as this one is. So, while you know where I stand on the material itself, I have to admit that I enjoyed the fast pace and comic timing of this Festival Antigonish production. The heart of the show is Gordon Gammie as bigamist John Smith. The role requires the stamina of a marathoner and the timing of a first-rate comedian and Gammie delivers both. Michael Ferguson is a joy to watch as his bumbling best friend Stanley, and Genivieve Steele and Francine Deschepper do fine jobs as the utilitarian wife and the sex-pot wife respectively. Kudos for the cast. Raspberries for the playwright. —Kate Watson

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