Set in a mansion estate house on a deserted island off the coast of Devon, England, a husband and wife caretaker couple, who arrived a few days earlier, prepare the house for eight guests to arrive. Mysteriously invited by a Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen, they have been tricked into coming onto this remote island. A record plays (you remember records!) accusing each one of having been involved in a murder, but never punished for their crimes. Above the fireplace is the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldiers” with 10 little figurines sitting on the mantle. Hum! What does this mean? Each guest is puzzled, and as the day goes on they are murdered one by one following the theme of the nursery rhyme. And each time someone is murdered, one of the 10 Little Soldiers disappears. Of course, they are frightened out of their minds, and only become more frightened when they realize that there is no way off the island, and that the boat that brought them is not returning. Suspicion and fear take hold with the group accusing one another. Judge Wargrave (Sir Lawrence Wargrave performed brilliantly by Doug Haverty) assumes the role of detective trying to make some sense from all the events. But with each revelation, someone else is found dead. It’s a game of cat and mouse. But who is the cat, and who is the next mouse to be?
Brought to the island by boatman Fred Narracott (Jimmy Ogburn), our guest list includes, the caretaker couple of Mr. & Mrs. Rogers (Michael Robb and Kathleen Taylor), Vera Claythorne (Vesna Tolomanoska), Philip Lombard (Chris Wolfe), Anthony Marston (Dmitry Bunin), William Blore (Fox Carney), General MacKenzie (Edgar Mastin), Emily Brent (Suzy London), Dr. Armstrong (Mark Atha), and Sir Lawrence Wargrave (Doug Haverty). This talented and large ensemble cast moves around the stage effortlessly with the amazing direction from Shira Dubrovner. Each member grasps the characterization easily and brings the story together beautifully. Worthy of special mention are Michael Robb as caretaker Mr. Rogers, Fox Carney as William Blore, Suzy London as Emily Brent, and the amazingly talented Doug Haverty. Thoroughly enjoyable, each and every one of them. Once again, there are great sets by Chris Winfield and Shira Dubrovner.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is a familiar story with film and stage renditions, but this production is extremely enjoyable and “just right” entertainment for the season. I love Agatha Christie mysteries. And this Christie mystery has one notable distinction: the highest body count of any of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries. So, come and see for yourself “WHODUNIT”.
Cast: Mark Atha, Dmitry Bunin, Fox Carney, Doug Haverty, Suzy London, Edgar Mastin, Jimmy Ogburn, Michael Robb, Kathleen Taylor, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Chris Wolfe.
Director: Shira Dubrovner
Producer for the Group Rep: Linda Alznauer
Set Design: Chris Winfield and Shira Dubrovner
Lighting Design: Sabrina Beattie
Sound Design: Shira Dubrovner
Costume Design: Liz Nankin
Properties Master: Jimmy Ogburn
Assistant Director: Drina Durazo
Stage Manager: Troy Whitaker
Public Relations: Nora Feldman
Graphic Design: art & soul design
Program: Kady Douglas
Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Ticket Purchase / Schedule / Information:
http://www.thegrouprep.com or 818.700.4878
October 7 – November 13, 2011
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm (Talkbacks after show with cast October 9 & October 23)
$15 - $22