This well-known play is a classy staging of what later became a famous Hitchcock film. A delightful “oh-so-British” drawing room mystery-thriller, written with DELICIOUS twists and turns by Frederick Knott, is a most enjoyable production! Acclaimed director Bruce Kimmel keeps the surprises in check, never giving away the plot’s hidden gems before their time.
It is 1954 London, in a stylish British home, inhabited by Tony and Margaret Wendice, whose marriage had once been in danger but now seems to be on firmer ground. Played with upper class charm by Adam Jonas Segaller and Carrie Schroeder – both performances are FLAWLESS! When Margot’s friend from America, Max Halliday, arrives, someone with whom she’d had an affair during her marital difficulties, things get more interesting. An EXCELLENT portrayal by Justin Waggle! Things get more interesting when Tony meets up with one Captain Lesgate, wonderfully played by Michael Robb. One wildly detailed twist after another happens once murder most foul occurs and law enforcement shows up to investigate and solve the case.
Doug Haverty is a QUIRKY DELIGHT as Inspector Hubbard, well assisted by Hisato Masuyama-Ball.
- Kent Inasy has designed the GORGEOUS set and lighting and Angela M. Eads’ period costume design is, as always, a STUNNING work of art! This young artist and visionary has a great eye for wardrobe and never disappoints! Sound design by Steve Shaw and Grant Geissman’s incidental music perfectly enhances the overall vibe.
This is a classy and intriguing production. It looks fabulous, and will certainly keep you guessing from start to finish. Highly entertaining. Do venture out to see it!
“Dial ‘M’ for Murder” runs through Sunday, August 13 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre located at 10900 Burbank Bl. in North Hollywood. For seats call (818) 763-5990 or visit TheGroupRep.com.
Afterthought: The tricky thing about reviewing a mystery is telling you enough to entice you to see it, without saying too much and giving away the plot.
In addition to writing about theatre for The Tolucan Times, Pat Taylor owns Hubba Hubba! vintage clothing store in Burbank.