Players bring "Lucky Stiff" to life

Players bring "Lucky Stiff" to life

For a play centering around a dead body, “Lucky Stiff” aims to exude liveliness. The Williamsburg Players return to the stage throughout February to perform the musical farce, a deliberate effort by the theater company to put on a lesser-known show.

“I don’t want to see the 100th version of ‘My Fair Lady,’ ” said co-director Rosemary Allmann.

The play follows Harry Witherspoon, a shoe salesman played by Stephen Vanorsdale, who must take the body of his recently murdered uncle to Monte Carlo to fulfill his will and secure a $6 million inheritance. As he struggles to convince people that his uncle is alive and well, he must contend with the man’s legally blind, gun-toting...