Agatha Christie’s ‘The Secret of Chimneys’ a delicious period mystery through May 5 in NoHo

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A rich period romp blending excellent acting and creative craft work, The Secret of Chimneys interweaves multiple stories and romance as it puzzles out a mysterious death and missing jewels.

Adventurer Anthony Cade (Lee Grober) finds himself in the center of international conspiracy and murder when he arrives at an English country house, discovering intrigue, suspicion, and possible romance.

Grober gives jaunty charm to the roguish Cade, while Daniel Lench brings biting intensity to Inspector Battle. Michele Schultz’s fussy, uptight Lottie Lomax plays well opposite Lloyd Pedersen’s droll underplaying of Lord Caterham. Stasha Surdyke provides flirty panache.

Director Jules Aaron keeps the story light and tight with spot-on timing and fine chemistry between the romantic leads. Though the production begins somewhat slowly, it picks up the pace and keeps the audience guessing.

Production work is first rate, from Chris Winfield’s stately manor set, Angela M. Eads’ elegant costumes and Addison Calvin’s evocative light design.

A dry, tongue-in-cheek comedy of manners blending light romance and mystery, The Secret of Chimneys offers an entertaining thrill ride through the mind of Agatha Christie.

The Group Rep presents “The Secret of Chimneys” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through May 5 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre located at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students or seniors with ID. Call (818) 763-5990 or visit thegrouprep.com to purchase tickets.

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