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Troy Turnley stars as John Smith, and Kristi Ann Jacobson stars as Barbara Smith in “Run for Your Wife.” - Courtesy photo
Troy Turnley stars as John Smith, and Kristi Ann Jacobson stars as Barbara Smith in “Run for Your Wife.”
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The opening night for “Run For Your Wife” in Port Orchard was filled with laughter, and the chuckles haven’t stopped in its four-week run.

Director Dan Estes recalls one specific audience member.

“He told me that he had gone through his chemo treatment that day and that he had been in a lot of pain,” Estes said. “He then told me that after the show he was still in pain, but it was because his sides hurt from laughing so much.”

Estes was at a loss for words and simply said, “Sorry.”

“No, that’s a good thing,” the man told Estes.

“Run For Your Wife” will soon close the curtains on its Port Orchard run at the Western Washington Center for the Arts. Its final weekend shows are April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $13-17 and can be purchased at www.wwca.us, at the box office at 521 Bay St., Port Orchard, or by calling 360-769-7469.

“Run For Your Wife,” is a comedy that originally hit stages in the United Kingdom in 1983. The comedy tells the tale of John Smith, who has two lives, with two wives, in two different towns. He juggles his dual homesteads with a strict schedule. But after a mugging sends Smith to the hospital, both his wives are notified, and the juggling act gets even more difficult.

Show has performed across the globe, and even inspired a 2012 film version of the tale. The play’s success has been echoed on the Port Orchard stage.

“We have received great responses from audience members,” Estes said. “One of the best responses is the fact that we are constantly having repeat audience members come out to our theater to see the show again.”

Estes said audience members have told him that one viewing just wasn’t enough, and they came back for more after the opening weekend.

“We also have had quite a few people who have said that they have seen this show when it was being produced in London — some 20 years ago — and they state it’s still one of the funniest shows they have seen, and our performers are just as good as the ones that were performing in London.”

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