"If you're going to tell a lie, tell a whopper," yells Dr. Mortimore as events begin to
spin deliriously out of control in Ray Cooney's IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.
In this British farce, Jane and Dr.
David Mortimer had a fling when she was a nurse in the hospital. The result was her departure and her son Leslie, who is now
looking for his father. David, married and about to make a major speech which can gain him promotion, can ill afford this
distraction, especially as his wife as well as his boss are on the premises. The play consists of David's efforts to stave
off Leslie, Jane, a Police Sergeant and Matron; he is aided (?) by Drs. Mike and Hubert, and Bill Lesley. Practically everybody's
identity gets mistaken, and at one point all three doctors disguise themselves as Matron. However, all ends happily-- Leslie
finds a father, Jane a husband, And David and Rosemary come to an understanding.
(Playwright Ray Cooney has been
dubbed England's Neil Simon. Specializing in farce, he has penned over 13 plays, but unlike Mr. Simon he also acts and
has served as producer and director for over 30 West End productions (the equivalent of Broadway in London). In 1983 he founded
The Theatre of Comedy Company, and went on to write and produce for television and film, while keeping his hand in live theatre.)