Duluth Playhouse Opens New Season with Fast, Physical Comedy

September 19, 2016 08:46 AM

A new season at the Duluth Playhouse gets underway this week with "It Runs in the Family," a comedic farce by Ray Cooney. 

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Actors Luke Moravec and Stacy Sudoh joined us Monday on GMN for a preview. 

Luke says the production has a lot of energy. 

"I think anybody who's in this show has kind of cut out their usual exercise regiment and has supplemented this instead," he says, adding that there are plenty of opportunities for physical comedy. 

"It's very physically demanding," Stacy adds with a smile. 

The play takes place in a modern day London hospital. Luke plays Dr. David Mortimore, a neurologist who's about to deliver the most important lecture of his life. 

If the nerves weren't enough to rattle Dr. Mortimore, a stunning surprise from an ex-girlfriend might do the trick. 

"This woman who he knew a couple decades earlier comes in and tells him that they have a child together," Luke explains. "A child who he's never met, who's 18 years old."

The show then centers around Dr. Mortimore trying to keep the news from his wife, played by Stacy.

"I'm trying to make sure that I can get through not only this very important speech, but just get through the day without it blowing up in his face in very different ways," Luke says.

Stacy adds that the play runs in real-time, keeping the actors in constant motion for two hours.  

"Luke is definitely very physically active on the stage, and it's very easy to play off of him," she says.  

"It Runs in the Family" runs September 22 to October 2.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Click here for tickets, and here to see more productions in the 2016-2017 Duluth Playhouse season.


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