And Then There Were None Provides Mystery

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The cast of “And Then There Were None.” Standing, from l, Jonathan D’Acunto, Stanley Brown, Richard M. Johnson, Kappa Curran, Lane Wray, Wendy Hirschman, Tom Reilly, and Andrew Piecka. Seated, from l, Director Bradley T. Bornemann, Norma Burgess, and Jennifer Kersey.

ELATE Theatre offers another in a long line of fine productions with their fall presentation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Featuring excellent acting and design, the crowd-pleasing mystery and its haunting goings-on perfectly fit Halloween happenings.

Christie’s nail biter remains solid, family entertainment, if a little plot heavy in the first act. Ten guests find themselves invited to a secluded island mansion for a weekend by a mystery host. One by one, each gets murdered along the lines of a nursery rhyme. Will the killer be unmasked before they all die?

Director Bradley T. Bornemann keeps the production up-tempo with constant movement up and down the estate set. The cast’s quick timing and nice sly humor helps keep the pace and energy high.

Lane Wray shines as wickedly charming cad Philip Lombard, with nice little touches of business along the way. Jennifer Kersey brings judgmental coldness to self-righteous Emily Brent. Kappa Curran provides a warm vulnerability to young Vera Claythorne. Jonathan D’Acunto makes self-involved, superficial Anthony Marston a total heel. Richard M. Johnson’s valet Thomas Rogers offers occasional saucy attitude.

Production work gracefully captures the 1930s, especially Christine Sullentrop’s gorgeous collection of vintage costumes of elegant tweeds, wools, and accessories, lending a touch of glamour. Stately set design, atmospheric lighting, and effective sound enhance proceedings.

And Then There Were None provides fun family entertainment with dark thrills, gentle humor, and fine acting.

ELATE Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 11 at the Lincoln Stegman Theatre located at 6020 Radford Dr. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Call (818) 509-0882 for reservations.

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