What's more chaotic than door-slamming farce in a drawing room? If you're Ray Cooney, it's door-slamming farce in a hospital, the setting for his popular comedy, It Runs in the Family. Peninsula Players, billed as "America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre," finishes its three-week run of the play Sept. 5, in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The show opened Aug. 17.
In Family, when a doctor's marriage and reputation are at stake, his colleagues, a nurse, a senile patient and a host of other problems only make matters worse. Karen Sheridan diercts the farce, which stars Greg Vinkler as Dr. Mortimore.
Next up for the Peninsula season will be Ted Swindley's popular musical portrait, Always...Patsy Cline (Sept. 9 - Oct. 10).
The company draws Chicago-area talent such as Greg Vinkler, Carmen Roman, Joe Foust, David New, Alan Kopischke, Thomas Vincent Kelly and Kate Fry. The Peninsula Players Theatre, in north Wisconsin's Door County, is located between the Egg Harbor and Fish Creek off Highway 42, along the shore of Green Bay.
Performances of It Runs In The Family are Tuesday-Sunday and tickets range $20-$26. For information, call (920) 868-3287. Cooney's Run For Your Wife played on Broadway several seasons back.
-- By Sean McGrath & David Lefkowitz