Tony Randall will be part of the door-slamming fun in balmy South Florida when Coconut Grove Playhouse offers the American premiere of Ray Cooney's London farce, Caught in the Net, a sequel to the popular Run For Your Wife, Dec. 4-23.
Cooney is the British sex-farce writers whose Two Into One and Run For You Wife have kept audiences around the world laughing. Harry Groener (Crazy For You, If Love Were All, 1979's Oklahoma! revival) co-stars as John Smith, a bigamist taxi driver who has secretly maintained two separate families over the years. Over the internet, his teenage son (Justin Schultz) from one marriage has met his teenage daughter (Tony Award-winner Daisy Egan, of The Secret Garden) from another marriage. Can he keep them apart?
Randall (TV's "The Odd Couple" and Broadway's National Actors Theatre) plays "Dad," with Paxton Whitehead returning to Coconut Grove in the role of gay neighbor Stanley Gardner (seen in Run For Your Wife). Dawn Didawick is wife Mary Smith and Ann Sidney is wife Barbara.
Caught in the Net is the fourth Cooney play to be staged at Coconut Grove Playhouse. Cooney began his career as a boy actor in Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre in London, and acted in regional rep companies in England before appearing in long-running London hits, Dry Rot, Simple Spymen and The Mousetrap. Once his writing career took off in the 1970s, he directed or acted in his comedies, Not Now Darling, Move Over, Mrs. Markham, Funny Money and It Runs In the Family. He is directing his own work at Coconut Grove.
Designers for Caught in the Net are Douglas Heap (set), Ellis Tillman (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights) and Steve Shapiro (sound). Official Tickets range $35-$45. Coconut Grove is at 3500 Main Highway in Miami, FL. For information, call (305) 442-4000 or visit www.cgplayhouse.org.
— By Kenneth Jones