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'See How They Run' returns to Riverland stage

'See How They Run' returns to Riverland stage
From left, Emma Langemo, as Miss Skillon, Kaylin Wolf, as Penelope Toop, and David Albino, as the Rev. Lionel Toop rehearse for upcoming performances of ''See How they Run'' in Frank W. Bridges Theatre at Riverland Community College.

For long-time theater-goers in Austin, "See How They Run" will offer a degree of familiarity when it opens at Riverland Community College on Wednesday.

The play, written by Phillip King, was performed as one of the college’s Summerset Theatre productions about 25 years ago. The play has been a favorite comedy for more than 60 years, said Jerry Girton. the director.

"The title of this smash hit says it all, the play has all the ingredients of a classic British farce with mistaken identity, odd coincidences and clever writing," said Girton.

The production also features performers whom the audience will recognize, while also sprinkling in a few new faces.

The play is set in a small English town outside of London in the 1940s.


Jordan Wylde, a criminal justice major at Riverland, plays the part of "The Intruder."

"I play the part of a Russian spy who sometimes pretends he is British, so I have learned to speak in a couple different accents, which is kind of interesting at times," said Wylde.

Girton describes the play as a fast-paced action comedy and says the audience will have to try to keep up with the plot as the actors run in and out of four doors of an English vicarage in the fictitious village of Merton-Cum-Middlewick.

Kaylin Wolf, a sophomore majoring in theater at Riverland, said she has enjoyed playing one of the lead characters, Penelope Toop.

"Penelope is kind of out there. She is married to the Rev. Lionel Toop, and she often embarrasses him by the things she does and says," Wolf said.

The plot gets more complicated by the minute as the story unfolds.

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