And Then There Were None at 2nd Story
An edge of your seat mystery that will keep you intrigued all night long.by Tony Annicone, Little Rhody Theatre
2nd Story Theatre’s first summer show is Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”. The novel is Christie’s best seller with 100 million to date, making it the world’s best selling mystery ever and one of the best selling books of all time. A mysterious host brings an unlikely group of 10 guests to a remote island where, one by one, they start to die. All have been complicit in the death’s of others but have either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. They are the only people on the island and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather. Suspense mounts as one by one they are accused of murder; and one by one they start to die. Who’s the killer? Who’s the next victim? Director Ed Shea casts these roles wonderfully, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats with the clever twists and turns of this cleverly crafted show.
Ed blocks the show beautifully on the gorgeous set by Karl Pelletier and infuses them with energetic portrayals with wonderful accusing glances and facial expressions to keep you guessing who is behind the mysterious deaths on this deserted island. The strength of Ed’s performers strong acting talents add to the mysterious atmosphere of the show. Not wanting to give away any more of the plot of this whodunnit, I will describe the ten characters in it. The callow youth, Charles Lafond, the battle-ax religious fanatic doweager, Paula Faber, the crusty judge, Jim Sullivan, the war-beaten general, Eric Behr, the sensible young woman, Erin Elliott, her impetuous love interest, Jay Bragan , the suspicious servants, Walter Cotter and Sharon Carpentier, the timid doctor, Bill Oakes and the lower-class detective, Nathanael Lee. This is the first time I have seen Jay on stage and he does a terrific energetic job as the leading man as do the other performers. Ed keeps the humor and suspense of this well crafted show taut and spine tingling especially the candlelit scene. So for an edge of your seat mystery that will keep you intrigued all night long, be sure to catch “And There Were None” at 2nd Story Theatre. I had fun being in it as William Blore, the detective back in 1997.