News and Tribune

Breaking News

Entertainment News

October 12, 2012

'The Mousetrap' just gets better with age

Agatha Christie classic at Derby Dinner

CLARKSVILLE — Much chutzpah would be required by anyone thinking to build a better one than Dame Agatha Christie did with “The Mousetrap.”

After decades of performances around the world [it’s still running in London after 60 years] her classic and classy whodunit proves it still has legs after Thursday’s press opening at Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville.

“Don’t go out and tell everyone who did it,” producer/director Bekki Jo Schneider implored the audience, “or you’ll ruin my life.”

That would surely be a dastardly deed. Feel free, however, to go home with the nursery rhyme tune of “Three Blind Mice” playing over and over in your head.

Mollie and Giles Ralston [Tina Jo Wallace and Cary Wiger], a young couple married just one year, have converted Monkswell Manor, inherited from Mollie’s aunt, into a guest house. As the play opens, they’re awaiting their first guests during a blinding snowstorm that rages outside.

Meanwhile, from London come radio reports that a woman has been strangled near Paddington. A notebook dropped at the scene mentions Monkswell Manor.

A campy, hyperactive young man who says he’s an architect named Christopher Wren [hard to believe] is the first to get there. Peter Ripple creates a fascinating character [he loves nursery rhymes] with a mysterious appeal to Mollie Ralston.

Then comes overbearing, constantly complaining Mrs. Boyle [Elizabeth Loos], immediately loathed by everyone and subsequently unmasked as a former magistrate in the area.

She’s followed by blustery Maj. Metcalf [David Myers], retired from the Army, and Miss Casewell [Janet Essenpreis], an aloof mannish woman who lives abroad.

J. R. Stuart turns up unexpectedly as Mr. Paravicini, claiming in an affected foreign accent that his car overturned in a snowdrift.

But then the hated Mrs. Boyle is found dead in the manor’s great hall [on Lee Buckholz’s masterly set].  Phones go dead before Detective Sergeant Trotter [an admirably adept John Vessels] arrives on skis to warn that the murderer is among them.

Quite a twist is sprung at the ending. If you’ve never seen it, or even if you have, it still packs a wallop.

It’s great fun to see all those odd ducks with their secrets and hidden agendas so juicily portrayed by Derby Dinner’s cast. As for dear Dame Agatha — long may she confound us.

“The Mousetrap” runs through Nov. 18. For tickets and information: 812-288-8281, toll free 877-898-8577, or www.derbydinner.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Entertainment News
  • "Hercules" movie poster Movie preview: “Hercules”

    Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Lucy" movie poster Movie preview: “Lucy”

    Plot: Writer/director Luc Besson helms this action-thriller that tracks a woman who falls prey to sinister underworld forces, but gains superhuman abilities that allow her to strike back at her oppressors.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • :Sex Tape" movie poster Movie preview: “Sex Tape”

    Plot: Though they’re still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion for Jay and Annie. To spice up their relationship, they decide to make a home video of themselves.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Planes: Fire and Rescue" movie poster Movie preview: “Planes: Fire and Rescue”

    Plot: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "The Purge: Anarchy" movie poster Movie preview: “The Purge: Anarchy”

    Plot: A defenseless young couple find themselves stranded in the city on the one night of the year that all crime, including murder, is legal, in this self-contained sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" movie poster Movie preview: “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”

    Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Snowpiercer" movie poster Movie preview: “Snowpiercer”

    Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet, the few left alive have boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels non-stop around the globe while a class system evolves.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whaley, Charles.jpg WHALEY: DDP’s 'Mary Poppins’ worth cheering about

    Oh, if we could all have one of those roomy carpetbags like the one stuffed with everything that “Practically Perfect” nanny Mary Poppins needs to work her magic.
    Director Lee Buckholz, Derby Dinner Playhouse’s associate producer, must have had one containing the smoothly fit components he pulled together for his magical “Mary Poppins” musical.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Deliver Us From Evil" movie poster Movie preview: “Deliver Us From Evil”

    Plot: In a paranormal world, a N.Y. police officer and a priest team up to investigate real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves after dark.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tammy movie poster WEB.jpg Movie preview: “Tammy”

    Plot: After losing her fast food job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.