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"The Mousetrap"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at Attleboro Community Theatre is Agatha Christie's, classic whodunit, "The Mousetrap" which is in its 52nd year in London, making it the longest running play in history. There has been a murder in London which you hear before the show starts and the main clue is the song, "Three Blind Mice". Newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston open their inherited family home as a boarding house and become stranded during a snowstorm with a group of strangers including a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange Italian man who claims his car has overturned in a snow drift and an old biddy who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the second murder takes place, leaving two down and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Director Lee Rush adds her madcap humor to this old chestnut of a melodrama, creating one of the best renditions of this show. She and set designer, David DaCosta create an Edward Gorey set that is breathtaking in its execution and black and white coloring to make her 8 member cast standout in this show. Brava on a job well done.

Not only is the direction topnotch but the acting is superb, too. Lee picked all the right actors fit their roles to a tee. David DaCosta who is one of the best actors around, is excellent as the probing, inquistive, Sgt. Trotter. He delivers his inquistion of everyone so splendidly, he keeps you spellbound throughout the whole show. David's intensity and skill as an actor shines forth in this role and he will definitely impress you. Nicole DaCosta (who is newly married to David in real life) and Jack Ferdman play Molly and Giles, the newlyweds in this show. Their scenes together display the warmth and tenderness of a young couple in love but it is their strong acting talents that will catch your attention. Both have splendid British accents and their spunky portrayals as the juvenille leads is outstanding, too. Usually Nicole plays roles in musicals but this show displays her acting talent with the strength needed to show many different dimensions of the character. Brava. Jack does a great job as the loving, overprotective husband in his debut performance for ACT, showing off his talent, too. Lori Manney plays the mysterious Miss Casewell who lurks in and out of the scenes. Her accent and portrayal are perfect and she keeps you guessing who she really is until the very end of the show.

The remaining four performers are all scene stealers with their wacky portrayals in this melodrama. Charles LaFond is a hoot as Christopher Wren, the redheaded, flamboyant guest who thinks Sgt. Trotter is hot, who loves to cook in the kitchen and who likes wearing outrageous looking clothes. His energy is contagious, making you laugh at his crazy antic. Real life police detective, Alex Aponte plays the bigger than life role of Mr. Paravicini. His Italian accent is hilarious as he darts around the stage in a tuxedo and cape and his line delivery of fractured English phrases is funny, too. Alyce Fitzgerald-Hagopian as Mrs. Boyle is a riot as the bitchy, picky martinet who harps on every little flaw she finds in the boarding house. Her portrayal is so well done you will want to boo her at the curtain call because she is such a vile and despicable woman. Richard Wilbur is the final scene stealer who brings a lot of energy to his role as the blustering, Major Metcalf. His strong and funny delivery will leave you laughing all night long. So for a fantastic performance of "The Mousetrap", be sure to catch it before it closes. Tell them Tony sent you.

"The Mousetrap" (27 February - 14 March)
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
American Firearms School, 5 John Dietsch Square, NORTH ATTLEBORO MA

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