Iberia

May 8, 2013 12:03 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Iberia Performing Arts League Production

Iberia Performing Arts League will present "See How They Run" by Philip King as its season finale of the 2012-13 season.

An adult British farce, the show opens at IPAL's ESSANEE Theater in New Iberia on Thursday, May 30, 2013 and plays for two weekends, closing on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Curtain is at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained at Delaune's Pharmacy, Paul's Flowers, Accentrics on Main Street or by calling the theater at 364-6114 and leaving a name and phone number.

"See How They Run" is set in the living room of the vicarage of Reverend Lionel Toop (Perry Ledet) and his wife, Penelope (Jill Prudhomme/Kate Stelly) in 1949. Lionel is leaving to travel to a nearby village, but is knocked out by an escaped Russian P.O.W. (Matt Heyer), who steals his clothes to masquerade as a vicar. Penelope receives a visit from an American soldier who acted with her in the U.S.O., Clive Owens (Mitch Prudhomme). In order for them to catch a play in a neighboring town, Penelope has Clive wear one of her husband's outfits to masquerade as a vicar. The Toops' maid, Ida (Blythe Bull/Lanie Marcantel), approves of this ruse; Miss Skillon (Susan Clark/Cindy Hebert), the village busybody, does not and due to mixed-up identities, she proceeds to get drunk on cooking sherry. Mayhem ensues when Penelope's uncle, the Bishop of Lax (Mike Berry), arrives and mistakes Clive for Penelope's husband. Another local vicar, Arthur Humphreys (Ryan Berard), arrives to a house in chaos, where vicars are chasing each other through the garden, and even worse, the local Sergeant (Donald "Doc" Voorhies) shows up searching for the lost P.O.W.

The play opened in London in 1944 where it ran for more than a year and received positive reviews. The play, originally set during the war, underwent some revisions and was later set after the war.

This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, through the Louisiana Divisions of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For questions or additional information contact Vincent P. Barras at 519-0865, call the theater at 364-6114, or e-mail ipal@cox.net.

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