"DIAL “M” FOR MURDER"
Written by Frederick Knott
Directed by Bruce Kimmel
Being an Anglophile, "DIAL “M” FOR MURDER" is right up my alley. This is a story set in the Maida Vale neighborhood of London about Tony Wendice, a famous tennis star, who marries Margot, a very wealthy woman. What happens next? Well, he plans her murder. Why? To get her fortune, of course. Now she isn’t a saint either. She is having an affair with an American, and has plans of her own.
Tony is planning a murder. He has designed every detail - blackmailing an old school friend from Cambridge and orchestrating the perfect alibi. It’s amazing how someone can be so devious. But plans don’t always work out the way we plan them, do they?
Great performances from Carrie Schroeder as Margot Wendice, Adam Jonas Segaller as her scheming husband, Tony Wendice, and Justin Waggle as the American Max Halliday. Michael Robb as Captain Lesgate who, unfortunately is the person Tony is blackmailing, and Inspector Hubbard played by Doug Haverty who is in charge of finding out exactly what happened, and who dunnit. He reminds me quite a bit of Columbo. You just know the Inspector knows more than he is letting on. Hisato Masuyama-Ball is Officer Thompson who assists the Inspector with his investigation, and has one of the biggest laughs of the evening.
Frederick Knott has written a fabulous script filled with British humor and loaded with twists and turns. Bruce Kimmel’s direction gives us everything we could ask for in this mystery thriller.
"DIAL “M” FOR MURDER" is a welcome addition to the NoHo Arts District theatre scene, and another great play from the Group Rep. It is a brilliant way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening, or a Sunday afternoon. Get ready to thoroughly enjoy yourselves. I know I did.
Cast: Hisato Masuyama-Ball, Doug Haverty, Michael Robb, Carrie Schroeder, Adam Jonas Segaller and Justin Waggle.
Director: Bruce Kimmel
Producer for the Group Rep: Mannette Antill
Assistant Producer: LizAnne Keigley
Assistant Director: Cheryl Crosland
Production Stage Manager: Rishi Das
Assistant Stage Manager: Tianka McAdory
Incidental Music: Grant Geissman
Scenic & Light Design: J. Kent Inasy
Costume Design: Angela M. Eads
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Public Relations: Nora Feldman
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty + Art & Soul Design
Marketing: Cynthia Howe
Photographer/Videographer: Doug Engalla
Program: Drina Durazo
Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Plays: June 30 – August 13, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm
Talk-Back Sundays after the show July 23 and July 30
Tickets: $25; Seniors/Students with ID: $20; Groups 10+: $15;
Appropriate for ages 13+
The 90 seat Lonny Chapman Theatre has AC/Heat and is wheelchair accessible.
Please allow at least 20 minutes to park. Free street parking is available on Burbank Blvd and on neighborhood side streets.