Pittsfield, MA – Barrington Stage Company continues its 2012 season with Philip King’s farce, See How They Run, from August 9 through 26 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street, Pittsfield). Directed by Jeff Steitzer, See How They Run has low cost previews August 9-10 and officially opens Sunday, August 12 at 5pm.
Before there was Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, there was Philip King’s See How They Run, which proves the British know what they are doing when it comes to creating door-slamming hilarity.
How to shake things up in a placid post-war English village? Place at its social center an unconventional American actress (who wears trousers, for goodness’ sake), marry her off to the local vicar, then toss in a ditsy maid, a nosy spinster, an American soldier, a Russian spy, a portly bishop, and yet another vicar.
See How They Run takes its title is a line from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice.” King’s whirlwind comedy is set during World War II, in the living room of a vicarage in the fictitious village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, as a young vicar’s wife tries to fit into a small, tightly knit English village.