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From left, Frances Hunter (played by LizBeth Spinar), her husband Peter (Ian Hyde) and their friend Brian Runnicles (A.J. Miller) try to figure out what to do with the box of dirty photos mistakenly sent to the Hunters. (Candy DenOuden/Daily Republic)

‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ - DWU, ACT production starts Friday

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“No Sex Please, We’re British” shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 11-12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 or $12, depending on seats, and are available at the ACT box office at 996-9137 or mitchellact.org.

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High comedy, slamming doors and surprises — that’s what audiences can expect from “No Sex Please, We’re British,” which opens this weekend at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre in Mitchell.

Director Dan Miller said it is a partnered production between the Mitchell Area Community Theatre and Dakota Wesleyan University. Miller is assistant professor of communication and director of theater at DWU.

He said the play, penned by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, is high comedy, or farce, showcasing the misadventures of a newlywed couple trying to cope. Miller described high comedy as a show that is based solely on a comic premise.

“Everything that surrounds it is comedic,” he said. “Nowadays, most regular comedies also have some pathos or drama. Farce is just comedic, all the way through.”

In the play, Peter Hunter and Frances Hunter move into a new apartment, located above the bank where Peter works. Frances tries to order some Scandinavian glassware to sell. Instead, she gets pornography.

Frances tries to hide her dirty little secret from a plethora of people, including her mother-in-law. But each time the Hunters think they have the situation under control, Miller said things escalate until a final “surprise,” which he wouldn’t divulge.

“It’s a lot of fun, a lot of slamming doors,” he said.

And, despite the X-rated subject matter, Miller said the play is family friendly.

“Nothing explicit is ever said or mentioned,” he said. “Any age can show up, it’s just who will understand it. Anybody above the age of 13 will get it and will understand and have a good time.”

In his eight years at DWU, Miller said he has never directed a farce comedy. When his students asked if they could do something highly comedic, Miller immediately thought of this show, which he has acted in and directed elsewhere.

“Every time somebody says they want something highly comedic, this is the show I go to,” he said.

Not only is it fun, Miller said it’s been a great challenge for his student actors, and the community members who have participated.

“Everybody thinks comedy is easy and drama is hard, when in fact, it’s the other way around,” he said. “Being funny on stage is extremely difficult.”

“No Sex Please, We’re British” plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 11-12, and at 2 p.m.

Sunday and Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 or $12, depending on seats, and are available at the ACT box office at 996-9137 or mitchellact.org.

Cast list

Peter Hunter — Ian Hyde

Frances Hunter — LizBeth Spinar

Brian Runnicles — AJ Miller

Eleanor Hunter — Melissa Vatter-Miller

Leslie Bromhead — Mike Baker

Superintendent Paul — Jon Kleinschmit

Delivery Man — Kyle Gilles

Mr. Needham — Roger Allen

Susan — Madi Miller

Barbara — Alaina Bertsch

Crew

Director — Daniel L. Miller

Stage Manager — Ann Thury

Assistant Stage Manager — Liz Hainey

Technical Director — Jake Habermann

Lighting Designer — Tamar Letcher

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