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Jim Yarnes is Pinchwife in Theatre Conspiracy’s ‘The Country Wife’


scene-1-private-chambers-of-rev-tollhouse-02Opening December 1 in the Foulds Theater at the Alliance for the Arts is Theatre Conspiracy’s production of William Wycherley’s The Country Wife. Directed by Karen Goldberg, the play stars Shelley Sanders as Margery, Mitch Haley as Harry Horner, Jim Yarnes as Pinchwife, Dena Galyean as Alithea, Stephen Hooper as Doctor Quack, Elvis Mortley as Sir Jasper Fidget, Cantrella Canady as Lady Fidget, Tom Marsh as Sparkish, Juan Alejandro as Harcourt, and Tera Nicole Miller as Squeamish.

Poor Pinchwife. He has recently married a simple country girl, and now he has to take her with him to his sister’s scene-4-cluster-haven-meeting-house-03wedding in London, a town where predatory bachelors roam the streets. He plans to sequester her, but when she meets a reputed eunuch by the name of Harry Horner, his plans go to hell in a handbasket and hilarity ensues.

Theatre Conspiracy audiences just saw Yarnes in The Book of Liz, a comedy in which he played two characters, the first being an arrogant and misogynistic reverend by the name of Tollhouse and the second as a charming gay restaurant manager by the name of Duncan Trask. (Here’s Art Southwest Florida’s review of Yarnes’ performances in these role.) Prior to that, he was in Theatre scene-8-plymouth-crock-03Conspiracy’s production of Jennifer Haley’s sci-fi crime thriller The Nether. Jim played two characters in that play, as well. The first was a man named Sims who has created a nostalgic, pseudo-Victorian internet haven called The Hideaway, where paying guests come to have sex with, murder and dismember the exquisite, eerily identical virtual children who live and play there. Sims’ avatar in The Hideaway is the genial but paternalistic host named Papa, who keeps the virtual children in line and ensures that guests indulge their darkest fantasies. jim-yarnes-a(Here’s ARTSWFL’s review of Yarnes’ performance in The Nether.)

Yarnes is enjoying his 37th year on stage. He started with Gulf Coast Opera Company before going on to perform at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Cultural Park Theater, Lab Theater and Theatre Conspiracy. Last season, Jim played the critically ill husband John in Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls, which ran at Lab Theater from October 2-17, 2015. His favorite shows include Pirates of sims-and-iris-ePenzance, Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Phantom, Barefoot in the Park, Swell Party and A Position of Relative Importance. Jim has also done staged readings at Lab Theater.

November 20, 2016.



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