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Land of Cleve Review: “It Runs in the Family” is Relatively Hilarious at WRP

CLEVE REVIEW: ‘It Runs in the Family’ is Relatively Hilarious at Western Reserve Playhouse

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: It Runs in the Family, a comedy by Ray Cooney, directed by Jim Volkert

WHEN: Now through June 17 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Road at the Bath-Everett Crossroads at the Bath-Richfield Township Lines

HOW: For tickets and more information, call the Reservation Line at 330-620-7314 or visit

Summer is upon us, and that means Western Reserve Playhouse is open for business once again. The venerable venue is kicking off its 2017 schedule with the British comedy It Runs in the Family, and it couldn’t have picked a better way to start the season.

Playwright Ray Cooney has set his frenetic farce in a hospital at Christmas. Dr. Mortimore is getting ready to make an important speech to his clients when a nurse from his past reveals that they had a child together. Talk about bad timing!

Jim Volkert finds the funny bone in every scene of this playful play. He has also cast the show to perfection, with Vincent Sarowatz and Dan Williams leading the way at the frenzied physicians at the center of the chaos. Tina Davis delights as Nurse Tate, Hanna Case is a wild child as the daughter, Linda Schneider portrays Mortimore’s supportive wife, Irv Korman is excellent as the exasperated Sir Willoughby Drake, and Eric S. Grow adds to the merriment as a fellow doctor.

The rest of the intriguingly inventive ensemble includes Marc Dusini, Debbie Lang, Meredith McDermott, and Kathy Pekarick. Irv Korman practically steals the show as a wheelchair-bound visitor from another ward.

The hilarious hijinx are embellished by the technical team at WRP. Walt Kaminski’s medical milieu sets the scene, Brandi Eaton contributes compelling costumes, Jim Gremba offers solid sound design and director Volkert adds the expert lighting.

If laughter is the best medicine, then Western Reserve Playhouse’s It Runs in the Family has the cure audiences are looking for!

Attention! Auditions for “Forbidden Broadway”!

Western Reserve Playhouse

Forbidden Broadway – Greatest Hits Auditions

Casting 4 -Women and 4 Men

Auditions June 11 & 12, 2017 from 6:30-9:00PM

Auditions will be held at Bethel Church 3852 Everett Road, Richfield, Ohio 44286

Please bring one comedic songs that best shows off your singing and acting skills. ANY comedy song! (Feel free to gender switch) You may sing from the show or in the style of the show. Piano accompaniment only. NO recording or a cappella singing at this time.

If you have any famous impersonation you can do feel free to show us!

There will be no dance call.

no equity contracts at this time.

Rehearsals will start June 19 and run only Monday – Thursday 6:30-9:30pm till tech Sunday.

Tech week is July 16-20 (you cannot miss this week)

Show dates are: July 21 & 22. July 28 & 29, August 4 & 5 and August 11 & 12 (only Friday and Saturday Shows)

more information on the show please go to:

any questions please feel free to email the director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski @
Location: 3852 Bethel Church Richfield, ohio 44286