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July 07, 2015
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Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” stumps the audience at The Forestburgh Playhouse

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Familiar enough with Agatha Christie, I knew to keep a sharp eye on Marple, in order to help me dissect the clues, which are all there for the keen observer to note, yet I was befuddled myself while watching Inspector Craddock (Chris Van Cleave) interrogate the suspects. Van Cleave seemed to be channeling Sean Connery as he commanded the stage, and as usual- the inspector eventually has to rely on Miss Marple and her prowess at getting to the truth. The pair was amusing and entertaining, like everyone else on the stage, which was enhanced by particularly nice scenic and lighting design by Ashleigh Poteat and Mark Stater, respectively. With so many characters careening around the attractive set, it’s important to note that the staging itself was never static, never boring, and all of the actors moved with purpose and alacrity as the plot moved along, keeping me interested and determined to figure out who actually done it, which never occurred. As the audience buzzed about their suspicions, I joined in the conversation and realized that this piece is truly what “interactive” theatre should be, since we were all engaged in trying to solve the crime before the final curtain fell. Delighted to have been deceived all along, I left the Forestburgh Playhouse excited about the next offering—“My Fair Lady,” opening next week. There’s still time to test your detective skills, so put on your thinking cap and catch the entertaining “A Murder is Announced” before Eliza Doolittle comes to town.

For reservations and information, visit www.FBPLayhouse.org or call 845-794-1194