Caught in the Net at Limelight

John Smith (Kinross resident Gordon Park, centre) finds his life with two wives has become even more complicated now children are involved.

KINROSS resident Gordon Park is set to make audiences cry with laughter all over again when he appears in the sequel to the smash hit Run For Your Wife at Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre.

Written by master-of-farce Ray Cooney and directed by 50-year theatre veteran Susan Vincent, Caught in the Net is set 18 years later with taxi driver John Smith (played by Park) still a bigamist.

He keeps his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other.

But his teenage children – a girl from one family and a boy from the other – have met on the internet and are keen to meet, given they have so much in common including their fathers having the same name, age and occupation.

When Smith realises his children are about to encounter each other, he frantically tries to keep them apart aided and abetted by his lodger Stanley.

Mayhem ensues as the situation spirals out of control and Smith juggles the truth more and more outrageously.

Cooney is a veteran playwright, renowned for his successful farces, including Charlie Girl, Move Over Mrs Markham, Wife Begins at Forty, Out of Order and Not Now, Darling, which have been translated into more than 40 languages.

In 2005, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to drama.

Park said he was always attracted to a Ray Cooney farce and also attracted to any comedy directed by Susan Vincent.

“Given it’s a sequel to Run For Your Wife, which I appeared in two years ago, I wanted the chance to continue on and play the same character of John Smith,’’ he said.

Involved in theatre for the past 29 years, Park came to WA in 1988 and has performed in a plethora of productions with Limelight, Playlovers, Stirling, Harbour, Old Mill and Marloo Theatres.

“The main challenge in Caught in the Net comes with getting the timing and pace absolutely right given that, as with all farces, the play has a lot of props and action.’’

Director Susan Vincent agreed that given Caught in the Net was extremely fast-paced, timing was everything.

“The cast have to be spot-on with delivering their lines and getting on and off stage – the play doesn’t have any pauses, it just keeps moving,” she said.

“When I directed Run For Your Wife at Limelight Theatre in 2016 it was extremely popular, so I decided to direct the sequel because it continues the story and has a brilliant ending.”

Caught in the Net plays at 8pm on May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 with a 2pm matinee on May 6.