Imagine a cozy getaway, a small inn in the English countryside.
Imagine that you are right there in the cozy, chintz-covered living
room—in the only setting the play will have throughout. Imagine
that news of a grisly murder is announced over the crackling radio
from the right side of the stage–a murder that took place locally–with
the murderer still at large . . .
Snow is falling and is expected to continue through the night. Guests
are arriving one by one and we find out that this is the first night
the inn has been open to guests. We might be cut off–roads are
becoming impassable. Heavy drapes are drawn to cover the tall
windows, to shut out the howling winds.
What were you doing in 1952? That’s the year that The Mousetrap
opened at the West End in London. It has been running for over
I saw the play last year and liked it. Saw it this year with O’Half and
loved it! I highly applaud the performance of Will Jennings as
“Christopher Wren”—giving new meaning to a “madcap” execution
of his zany troubled character. And also a nod to Pamela Buchner
as the terrific personification of miserable, bitchy old Mrs. Boyle.
Yikes! phone lines are cut, blizzard continues, there is a murderer
among us at the inn!!
What to do? If you can’t go to London to see the play, you can read
it—-also published as the short story Three Blind Mice. It’s fun,
it’s clever, and it’s a mystery. Top that.