Guild opens a comedy; area theaters offer benefits, diversions

Photo by Sue Suchyta


Lindel Salow (left) of Dearborn as the Bishop of Lax and Linda Mosley (second from left) of Allen Park as Miss Skillon look on in horror as the vicar’s wife Penelope, played by Keri Geftos (fifth from left) of Southgate stages a mock battle with her former USO co-star Dan Hartley (third from right) who plays Clive, an American serviceman during rehearsal Wednesday. Marc Rosati (right) of Berkley, as the Reverend Lionel Toop, Penelope’s husband, watches with disbelief along with Ida the maid, played by Katie Suchyta (fourth from left) of Dearborn. “See How They Run” will run for three weekends, Jan. 14 to 16, 21 to 23 and 28 to 30. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. The Players Guild of Dearborn is located at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, south of the intersection of Monroe and Outer Drive. The facility is handicap accessible. For more information, call (313) 561-TKTS or visit the Guild Web site at www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

By Sue Suchyta
The Players Guild of Dearborn will open a three-week run of the Philip King farce “See How They Run” at 8 p.m. Friday at the playhouse, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.

The show features the direction of Lucinda Chavez and the assistant direction of Ross Grossman, both talented and longtime Guild members and supporters.

The farce, sure to cure the winter blues, will run for three weekends, Jan. 14 to 16, 21 to 23 and 28 to 30. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The show is set in England shortly after the end of World War II. A vicar, Lionel Toop, has recently married Penelope, a former American actress. If opposites attract, the man of the cloth and the former actress are a match made in heaven.

Miss Skillon, played by Linda Mosley of Allen Park, is a teetotaling village gossip. She objects to vicar’s new bride, Penelope, played by Keri Geftos of Southgate, being seen wearing trousers and waving to soldiers.

Geftos was a featured actress in the Guild’s recent production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

Miss Skillon is heartbroken and furious, an explosive combination, having secretly carried a torch for Reverend Toop, played by Marc Rosati of Berkley, for years. While Penelope adjusts to her new role as a minister’s wife, she accidentally keeps taking on projects Miss Skillon had considered hers for years.

When Clive Winton, played by Dan Hartley, one of the soldiers Penelope was seen waving to arrives in town, their innocent plans for an evening out initiate all kinds of unintended consequences and ensuing hilarity.

Clive, a fellow actor-turned-soldier, arrives unexpectedly from his new job at a prisoner-of-war camp, and all it takes is a borrowed suit and one lucky punch to set off a whirlwind series of mistaken identities, slamming doors, drunken escapades and enough vicars to make you think you have double vision.

The cast includes Lindel Salow of Dearborn as the Bishop of Lax, Penelope’s uncle. The cast was seen during rehearsals working hard to stay in character when working opposite Salow, who is sure to provide more than his share of laughs in an already hysterically funny show.

Kilgore of Dearborn, who was the prince in last year’s musical “Cinderella” at the Guild, performs a cameo role as Sergeant Towers. Alex Gojkov of Redford, known for his dry wit and impeccable comic timing, promises even more laughter as the escaping Russian spy.

Sean Greimel plays a visiting vicar, the Rev. Arthur Humphrey, and Katie Suchyta of Dearborn will provide more comic relief in the form of the all-seeing Cockney maid Ida, who knows more of the intrigue that most of the characters and who seldom turns down a chance to flirt with the steady stream of male visitors. Think Eliza Dolittle before her metamorphis as she drops H’s and generates laughter.

The Players Guild of Dearborn is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, south of the intersection of Monroe and Outer Drive. The facility is handicap accessible.

For more information, call (313) 561-TKTS or go to the Guild Web site at www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

THEATER GROUP TO HELP EXPLOSION VICTIMS
The Wayne Actor’s Community Theatre and Stage Door Fundraising group will host a talent show fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Road in Wayne.

On and off-stage volunteers are needed to lend a hand to help raise funds for the families affected by the recent store explosions.

For more fundraiser information, call Colleen Meyer at (734) 751-7133.

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