“It Runs in The Family” at Valley Peforming Arts

This week on Stage Talk, hosts Mark Muro and Jean Paal are joined in the studio by actors Todd Broste and Tom Jacobs from Valley Performing Arts. The play is set three days before Christmas. In the Doctor’s Common Room of St. Andrew’s Hospital in London, David Mortimore is composing the speech he will give to a distinguished gathering of neurologists, a speech which may well make or break his career. All he needs is a little peace and quiet to finish it…unfortunately for our hero, peace and quiet is in very short supply. A nurse with whom he had an affair years ago turns up to confront him with the fact that he is the father of her son, who is now eighteen. Not only that, but the said son is now downstairs in the hospital and is desperate to meet the Dad he has never seen. How on earth can Mortimore keep this catastrophic news from his wife and the hospital authorities, and still deliver his speech?  This hilarious farce reveals the sorry tale, and involves Mortimore’s hapless colleague, a police sergeant, a senile patient, an assortment of matrons, a syringe full of tranquilizer and costumes from the hospital Christmas pantomime.

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  • Mark Muro, heater critic
  • Jean Paal, theater critic


  • Todd Broste, actor
  • Tom Jacobs, actor

ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Fri, September 9, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.

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