Hedgerow Theatre’s tradition of Ray Cooney farces gets a reboot with his most popular play, which launched the series 12 years ago. Director Penelope Reed’s sparkling production features Joel Guerrero as hapless John Smith, whose idyllic but busy life with two wives in separate houses is fractured by an accident that disrupts his carefully planned double-domestic schedule. Imagine Ralph Kramden married to both Alice and Trixie, with only his wacky sidekick Norton — here, Andrew Parcell’s hyperactive Stanley — helping him escape discovery. Amy Frear and Alexis Newbauer shape the flabbergasted spouses into distinctive characters, and Rebecca Cureton and Zoran Kovcic play drolly, curious detectives. Run for Your Wife!, like all Cooney farces, builds hilarity through increasingly desperate lies and cover-ups, which propel door-slamming, clothes-shedding hilarity. For the 13th consecutive summer, Hedgerow’s Cooney farce is a treat.
Through Aug. 18, $10-$32, Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Rose Valley, 610-565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org.