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Theater Review: An Excellent Production Of 'Mousetrap' At The Little Theatre



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The nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" plays eerily in the opening of a classic murder mystery, setting the tone for The Town Players production of the longest running show in theater history, The Mousetrap. Written by Agatha Christie, the maven of murder mysteries, and under the direction of mystery-loving Gene Golaszewski, this British play invites the audience along to find the killer.Performances continue weekends until October 22, with Friday and Saturday curtain at 8 pm and matinees on Sundays, October 9 and 16, at 2 pm. The Town Players of Newtown perform at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road.Tickets are $22 for the evening shows and $18 for the afternoon performances. Call 203-270-9144 or visit newtownplayers.org for reservations or additional information.[mappress mapid="380"]

The opening weekend of a new bed and breakfast, hosted by Mollie and Giles Ralston (being played by Kimberly Marcus and Christopher Bird) welcomes myriad unusual guests who are all somehow connected.

Peculiar Christopher Wren (Jeffrey Bukowski) is the first to arrive. He sniffs and panders about in a curious fashion, making himself at home instantly.

His entrance is followed by a cranky Mrs Boyle (Judy Sullivan), and the proper Major Metcalf (Ron Malyska). The ambiguous, observant Miss Casewell (Keli Solomon) is next.

The final guest to arrive is the flamboyant, European bon vivant, Mr Paravicini (Brian DeToma).

The young Ralston couple are newbies in this venture. A little anxious and daunted, yet sincerely wanting everyone to be comfortable and well fed, they go to work.

They are an entertaining lot as they settle in for the duration of a winter storm, with news of a murder playing on the radio. No one pays much attention, until they have to.

When the police come calling in the person of Detective Sargeant Trotter (Rick Haylon), a bumbling law man, everyone is under suspicion. The murderer left this very address, and he or she is in their midst, the group is told.

And that is all that can be told. Audiences commit to utter secrecy. No spoilers, ever.

This is a fun piece with great characters, great writing, lots of humor and intrigue. The actors all work well together.

Christopher Bird is very funny as the droll, sarcastic Giles Ralston. He has refined the minuscule eyebrow lift to comedic perfection. Kimberly Marcus is terrific as the earnest, high strung Mollie.

The overly familiar Christopher Wren is played with energy and just the right amount of odd by Jeffrey Bukowski. Judy Boyle gives her whining Mrs Boyle a tough exterior.

Mr Malyska is always, always good. He is a completely comfortable, relaxed actor with a lovely voice. A talented Ms Solomon is precise as Miss Casewell.

Playing Mr Paravicini suits the broad, humorous talents of Brian DeToma. And he is a snappy dresser as well.

Detective Sergeant Trotter is charmingly played by Rick Haylon as he bumbles and fumbles his way through his exhaustive investigation.

This play keeps on playing because it is fun, and really good. Be a part of history and discover the secret ending to the longest running play ever. Then be sworn to secrecy.

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