Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2019’
If you love a good mystery – especially as written by Dame Agatha Christie (September 1890 to January 1976), you’re going to thoroughly enjoy MOUSETRAP, as produced at Ross Valley Players/The Barn Theatre. What a thriller for the opening of RVP’s 90th Season!
In this marvelous production, the stellar cast keeps its audience riveted – without so much as a “cough” to interrupt the pace and suspense! Kudos to Director Adrian Elfenbaum and Dialect Coach Lynne Soffer for bringing out the English-acting-best in this cast: Andre Amarotico (fine character acting, as architect Christopher Wren); Heather Buck (the consummate Lady of the Manor, Mollie Ralston); Evan Held (excellent as the devoted and protective husband, Giles Ralston); Maria Mikheyenko (the enigmatic, high-energy Miss Casewell); Robert Molossi (dapper and superb as Mr. Paravicini); Steve Price (wonderful, as very-English Major Metcalf); Steven Samp (the outstanding, very thorough Detective Sergeant Trotter); and Tori Truss (marvelous as the authoritative Mrs. Boyle).
Upon entering and seeing the stage craft, we were immediately struck by the meticulous and beautiful Set Design (by Tom O’Brien) with Construction expertise (by Michael Walraven) and flawless Properties Design (by Marguerite Finney).
Murder in the Monkswell Manor is the object, and each guest, as well as the lord and lady of the Manor, is a suspect! From the cold-snowy day to the dancing duo to a blood-curdling scream to the resolution of the murder mystery – you won’t want to miss a scene!
Each suspense-filled scene was carried, not only by the fine cast, but also by the intriguing dialogue, sound effects (the radio, music, and blizzard weather Sound Design by Billie Cox), the excellent pace of the stage action including, but not limited to, the combat and intimate scenes (as coached by Richard Squeri), and the lighting design (by Drew Yertys). Costuming (by Michael A. Berg) was very good; however, artificial “snow” on the coats, hats, and scarves would have given greater authenticity to the attire of those coming in from the inclement weather.
By Elle Alexa Simon with Flora Lynn Isaacson, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle
Don’t miss “Mousetrap,” which opened September 13th and will run through October 13th, 2019. Performances are Thursdays, at 7:30 PM; Fridays and Saturdays, at 8:00 PM; and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM. For Tickets: go online to www.rossvalleyplayers.com or call 800/838-9555. Tickets for School Groups, call 415/456-9555 extension 3. All performances take place at The Barn Theatre, home of the Ross Valley Players, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.
Coming up next at the Barn Theatre, performed by the Ross Valley Players (November 13-December 22), will be “She Loves Me” from the book by Joe Masterhoff, with music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, as directed by Nicole Helfer.