Entries to Win Afghan


If you like my books, essays, etc. you might want to put your name on this private email list (no spam ever) for advance notices, coupons, and occasional freebies. Tell your friends too! Books Leaving Footprints Newsletter. Previous gifts include a short story, a poem and a half-off coupon for the newest book. Sign up, and don't miss out!"
Winners are: 3rd place- e-book of your choice: Wendy Nystrom. 2nd place- book of your choice, paper or e-book: Sue Ann Crawford. Winner of the afghan: Elaine Hull.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Mousetrap

 
Om and I went to the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall tonight to see The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie. It's the longest continually running play in history, since 1952. It's a great, classic who-dun-it, having been spoofed many times. Even so, I won't give away the ending.

We had an extra reason for attending, in that a friend of ours, Nick, played the part of Christopher Wren.

Molly Ralston (right) and Giles Ralston (left) have just opened a guest house, and are expecting their first customers just as a huge snowstorm is descending. The big news on the radio is a murder in London which is yet unsolved. Christopher Wren arrives first. He's a strange young man with an odd sense of humor, named after the great architect by his parents who hoped he would follow in that profession.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

The characters are delightful stereotypes. I can call them delightful, because they were originals, not copies. Mrs. Boyle, the matronly critic; Major Metcalf, the blustery retired military man; Miss Casewell, the masculine socialist; and Mr Paravicini, the mysterious unknown stranger; all arrive for the weekend. Here, Mrs. Boyle tells Mr. Paravicini that the house cannot be properly run without servants.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

Christopher enjoys annoying Mrs. Boyle, while everyone else just finds her attitudes insufferable.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

The police ring up and say they are sending a Sergeant to the house. Molly tries to explain that the snow is so deep no one can get through. However, the Sergeant soon arrives on skis. His mission is to protect everyone because the London murderer left a paper behind with two addresses, the one where the other death occurred, and this one. There is a complex connection with the past, creating a motive for the first murder and the policeman is convinced that one or more of the people in the room are in danger, also from someone who is present. When the phone line is cut, they begin to take him seriously.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

The murder occurs! End of Act 1.

Act 2 brings out the truth. But on the way there, everyone begins to mistrust everyone else. Molly and Giles suspect each other, and Giles accuses Christopher of fooling around with Molly. Christopher accuses Giles of treating Molly poorly.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

The Sergeant decides to recreate where everyone was when the murder occurred, but with a twist. Sure enough, someone attempts to kill Molly this time.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

But... Who Dun It? And Why? Of course, everyone is fine for the curtain call.

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

If you like theatre and haven't seen this play it needs to be on your list.

See Theatre
if you like this blog, click the +1   or

Like This!

4 comments:

Ann said...

sounds like a good one. I love a good whodunit

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

What fun! I do love live theatre and need to get more of it in my life.

vanilla said...

You do enjoy your theata; and good for you.

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- you will like it

Rose- I am making a conscious effort to do so!

Vanilla- yes I do!

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin