Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Murder by Shadow: The Ghost of Walewind Castle"

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"Murder by Shadow: The Ghost of Walewind Castle"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Whodunnit's latest murder mystery is set in Newport, RI in 1905 where haunted houses were a mainstay of the tourist trade. One particular ghost, Victoria Locke was the toast of the town until she suddenly disappeare, amongst baffling clues and signs of foul play. Dr. Angus MacCrimmon returns to face his newest and most challenging mystery as he explores the gaslit halls of a haunted mansion to discover the startling secret in"Murder by Shadow:The Ghost of Walewind Castle". Ann Waterman not only directs this show but is also the author and she keeps you guessing about what will happen next as she leads the clever doctor through a maze of clues to solve not only the mystery of the disappearing ghost but a real life murder from the past. Mix this tale of intrigue with a scrumptious dinner and you have the makings of exciting evening of entertainment.

Ann not only weaves a tale of suspense laced with humor but comes up with wonderful characters to liven things up. Veteran actor John Los is splendid as the out of breath Scottish detective who has walked up a very long driveway to enter the castle. His excellent brogue and line delivery will keep your interest throughout the evening and his last minute surprise at the close of the show is hilarious. Fern Rouleau plays Millicent Sayres, a widow, whose husband disappeared many years ago and is presumed dead. She excells in this part with her many lines and keeps in character during her table walks, interacting with audience members. Allison Messina plays Millicent's 23 year old daughter who is not supposed to know about her gambling and philandering deceased father but who really does. Considered to be an old maid, she entertains guest by singing old Celtic songs. Allison does well as this naive girl caught in the midst of the crazy ghost who outshines her at various times throughout the years. Maureen Noel plays the countess who is a Hungarian, curmudgeon who is a hateful and spiteful shrew. She is a demanding martinet who always wants to get her own way. Maureen's oneliners hurled at the others are very funny. Her verbal sparring partner is Commodore Fitch who own the Inn next door to the castle. Clad in authentic uniform and sporting muttonchop whiskers, Brian Lamothe is a loud mouth, overbearing guest in the castle and plays his part very well. Last but not least is Niles Welch as the very, very old footman, Ezekiel Bent. He wears a gray wig, walks stooped over and carries a cane. This old man and the others have secrets that MacCrimmon must discover before he can solve both crimes. Will he do it or will the murderer escape? The only way to find out is by catching this show before it's too late.

The delicious dinner at the Airport Radisson consists of pasta and spinach salad in a creamy sauce, a roast beef, chicken or fish dinner with mixed veggies and mashed potatoes plus rolls and butter, coffee and a chocolate mousse filled with rasberry sauce. The perfect compliment to this intriguing mystery set in Newport. So be sure to see this show before time runs out.

"Murder by Shadow: The Ghost of Walewing Castle" (21 February - 27 March)
WHODUNNIT MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
Airport Radisson, 2081 Post Road, WARWICK RHODE ISLAND
1 (401) 580-1668

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