Review: “See How They Run” at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]
by Gail Burns and Larry Murray. For the Berkshire-Capital region’s most comprehensive listing of theatre offerings visit GailSez.org.
Larry Murray: See How They Run is the comedy that I have been waiting for all summer, funny, and farcical, with the unique humor we associate with the British. While French farce has its characters unexpectedly popping out of various doors, See How They Run lives up to its title and the love the Brits have of chase scenes, each appearance slightly crazier than the last.
Gail Burns: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” – Mark Twain
I am sure Philip King had this famous quotation from Mark Twain in mind when he wrote this back in 1944. In the grand tradition of British farce it is full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing. If you are in the mood for a door-slamming, face-slapping, vicars-in-their-knickers good time, this is the play for you!
Larry: We have to thank Barrington Stage Company for resurrecting this British gem because from what I can see, it never had a Broadway run. Yet it is one of the most popular plays for community groups to perform in the USA. You know, in London, on opening night in 1944 the war was still on and three bombs went off nearby, causing one of the actors to complain that they drowned out his funniest lines. But that audience didn’t budge. Judging from the opening night laughter, it is as funny in 2012 as it was 68 years ago.