Arts and Entertainment

See How They Run: Valley Center Stage's English comedy is onstage

Valley Center Stage's next play, the comedy "See How They Run," by Phillip King, is onstage Thursday, Friday and Satuday evenings, through Oct. 13.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.

The Thursday, Oct. 4, showtime is a special "Night for Nels," for North Bend resident Nels Melgaard.

The play takes place in the English village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, circa 1942. The inhabitants are braced for an imminent Nazi invasion. But Miss Skillon, the spinsterish village busybody, considers that a far greater danger threatens the Reverend Lionel Toop. Not only is his new young wife Penelope thoroughly ‘modern’ – and worse, an actress – but Miss S. is also convinced she’s having an affair

The blameless Penelope, meanwhile, is delighted when an old actor friend drops in. Clive Winton, now in the army, has a day’s leave from guarding German POWs at a nearby camp. Spotting that Private Lives - which holds fond memories for both – is playing at the local theatre, Penelope suggests a night out. But as army regulations prevent Clive from visiting town, Penelope dresses him in one of her husband’s spare clerical suits, so he can visit the production in disguise .

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, and are available online at Or, call 425 831-5667.


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