Death by Design Mystery and Humour Come to The Station Theatre - theHumm September 2019
Death by Design Mystery and Humour Come to The Station Theatre - theHumm September 2019
The nights are getting shorter, the leaves will start to change soon, and that can mean only one thing: it’s time for the annual murder mystery at The Station Theatre! This year’s show is Death by Design by Rob Urbinati. It’s part murder mystery, part farce, part love story, and all entertaining! Samuel French asks and answers the question: “What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noël Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious ‘mash-up’ of two of the greatest English writers of all time.”
Director Katharine Coleman has pulled together some of her favourite actors to entertain you in this witty and comical mystery story. This show has a little bit of everything, including a bit of slapstick, but with a houseful of suspects you will be wondering until the very end who actually did it. Every character has a logical reason (if only to themselves) for wanting to see the victim die. The truth will come out, but only after each one is accused of the deed. Having directed mysteries for the theatre for the past several years, Katharine is excited to see this one come to life. As always, she likes to include humour in them, as that is what her audiences call for. She looks forward to the costumes that will be set in the '30s (put together by Carell Allen), and there’s a pretty cool lighting effect at the end of Act 1 that she’s excited to create with the help of Tim Bisaillon. And the set, created by Bill Hamilton and Tony MacNeill, will lead you right into the land of Death by Design.
The action takes place in the country home of theatre playwright Edward Bennett (Mike Adams) and his somewhat talented actress wife Sorel (Katharine Coleman). Having received a less-than-stellar review for their latest play they retreat from town to lick their wounds, only to find themselves interrupting a quiet weekend planned by their longsuffering help. Jack (Noel White), the chauffeur, sees himself quite the ladies’ man, while Bridgit (Sue Reno), the maid, fancies herself as quite a clever amateur detective. Once they arrive, the Bennetts seem to draw numerous oddball characters into their home. Stuffy parliamentarian Walter Pearce (Hugh McCulloch) arrives as an invited (though mistaken) guest of Sorel. Fiery radical Eric (Rich Croteau) arrives seeking Edward. Bohemian artiste Victoria (Nicki Hayes) comes to comfort her friend. And Alice (Jessica Weedmark) arrives uninvited and unexpected. Too many details about the plot would risk ruining the “mystery” aspect of the play, but rest assured that it will be a very enjoyable and clever ride to the end.
The show runs on Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28, at 7:30pm, with a 2pm matinée on Sunday, September 29. The second weekend runs Thursday through Saturday, October 3–5, at 7:30pm and finishes up with a 2pm matinée on Sunday, October 6. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased with cash at Special Greetings (8 Russell Street in Smiths Falls), online or by phone (283–0300) with credit card. If tickets are still available, they can be purchased 30 minutes before showtime at the door with cash.
Also in September, don’t miss the third concert of the Station Theatre’s music series — Jill Barber brings her cross-Canada “Dedicated to You” tour to town on Wednesday, September 11 at 8pm. For more details about these and other shows, please visit smithsfallstheatre.com .
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