Vagabond Players Stage a Screwball Comedy and A Little Murder
A New Year’s Eve starts an unusual resolution for Matthew and Julia Perry who seemingly have everything. He plans to murder her during the year and tells her that startling fact. He longs to be a jet setter like his buddy who had become a recent widower. Julia in turn resolves to stay alive and the games begin with Julia being a step ahead of Matthew. After all, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.
There are poison attempts, falling objects, electrocution plots, and more. The Perry housing staff and friends continue to die off causing their recently engaged and ditzy daughter Bunny to consider canceling her upcoming wedding to young attorney Donald.
Enter Detective Plonk who suspects everyone. Of course the Perrys also have a butler and you know the butler must always have some deceptive role. This one likes to imitate Mr. Perry on the phone.
It all makes for madcap fun and a comfortable staging at a new venue for the Vagabonds at the lovely J.E.T. Studios. Lewis Hauser directs this quirky cast of characters that continue to grow on you as the action heats up. The cast includes Michael Homeier, Josh Polizzi, Peter Miller, Cindy Dellinger, Ken Bernfield, and Blake Harrison.
Highlights include a death scene marked with continual physical comedy during a costume Halloween party, and Josh Polizzi as young attorney Donald grows increasingly fun as the story progresses.
The Vagabond Players present A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. through Oct. 26. J.E.T. Studios is located at 5126-5130 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $20 for student, seniors, and group discounts. For more information and reservations, visit thevagabondplayers.com or call (818) 206-4000.