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Ligonier theatre presents French farce

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Peter Turcik
The cast of practices a scene for 'In One Bed and Out the Other' playing at the Ligonier Theatre Feb. 8-10 and 15-17. F\CAst members are, first row, rom left Samantha Shurie, Temperance Grace, Terry Westwood and Rozella Hoffman; second row, Jon Mullen, Rosie Moff-Wolford and Graham Green. Peter Turcik | For the Ligonier Echo

Bookending the Valentines Day holiday, the Valley Players of Ligonier will open its 48th season with the romantic comedy “In One Bed… and Out the Other,” on Feb. 8-10 and Feb 15-17. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

The play is a comedy of errors, adapted from the 1947 French farce “Une Nuit Chez Vous… Madame!” by Jean de Létraz.

“It's a typical sex farce where you think people are going to do things, and they never do,” said director Jim Mikula. “They are jumping in and out of bed with each other, but nothing ever happens. It's all about the chase; running in and out of doors and catching somebody with somebody else and somebody pretending to be somebody else.”

Terry Westwood plays the role of Gaston Dubois, in whose house the story takes place. Rosie Moff-Wolford plays Gaston's wife, Huguette. Temperance Grace plays Clara, Gaston's mistress. The Dubois household has a butler named Maurice, played by Jon Mullen, who works under the false name Didier. Didier, played by Graham Green, is Maurice's friend who has a romantic interest in Huguette. Meanwhile Maurice is avoiding his Aunt Alice, played by Rozella Hoffman, who wishes him to marry Rosine, played by Sam Shurie.

The cast includes both veteran and new performers to the Ligonier Theatre. Hoffman and Moff-Wolford both said they have been involved with the theatre on and off since the 1980s. On the other hand, Grace said this is her second performance at the theater.

“I think the cast is really funny together. On and off stage everybody gets along really well,” she said.

The plot of the story revolves around a series of mistaken identities, with characters pretending to be others and false assumptions that lead to confusion and humorous results, and a surprise ending that cast members said no one will expect.

“Everybody's running in different directions and everybody thinks somebody else is doing something else, and they're not. It's just a farce; it's beautiful,” said Hoffman.”

Moff-Wolford said it was fun to be a part of the show.

“The show is cute; it's funny. It's a good winter break for people. There's a lot of comedy and craziness,” she said.

For tickets or more information about the theatre. call 724-238-6514.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.