When Richey Suncoast Theatre audiences last saw the innocuous-looking taxicab driver John Smith in October 2009, he was explaining his strange living arrangements to two detectives in Ray Cooney's farce Run for Your Wife.
It seems that for years, John had somehow managed to have two wives only a few miles apart. There was the very traditional Mary Smith in one town; down the road was the very sexy Barbara Smith. He explained to the detectives that he spent mornings with Mary and evenings with Barbara — and neither woman had ever had any inkling of the other.
He credited his intricate code and appointment book (CDWB is Cuddly Day With Barbara; MWMLWB is Morning With Mary Lunch With Barbara) for keeping him from making any serious errors — so far.
His detailed confession to the detectives was so preposterous that neither believed him and simply walked out the door.
So the bigamous John Smith continued his double life as though nothing had happened.
It's 18 years later, and John is still at it.
But this time, he's about to be Caught in the Net, as the Internet has introduced his daughter with Mary to his son with Barbara, and because their backgrounds are so similar — same last name, dad with same name, dad with same occupation — the two kids are setting up a meeting to get to know each other in person.
Of course, a panicked John is determined to keep them apart. But how?
Two-time Tommy Award-winning actor Bob Marcela will return to the role of John Smith, the innocent-looking bigamist. Tommy-winning actor Rich Aront returns as John's best friend, Stanley Gardner, who knows the situation, but has decided to remain mum.
JoAnn Larson will once again play Mary Smith, John's very conservative wife and mother to Vicki Smith (Allison Iskowitz).
Jeaux (Jo) Brown will make her Richey Suncoast debut as Barbara, the foxy wife, and mother to Gavin (Chris Cavalier, Garvin in Footloose).
Joseph Connolly returns in the sequel, but in a different role. This time, he's Stanley's rather senile father, who only causes more mix-ups and mistaken identities.
"Audiences loved Run for Your Wife, and we think they're going to go crazy for this sequel," said Charlie Skelton, president of the theater board.
Patrons can expect more fast action, door slamming, and ducking in and out of apartments, as John attempts to avert disaster for himself and his families.