Theatre Mirror Reviews-"And The There Were None"

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"And Then There Were None"

A Review by Tony Annicone

The Renaissance City Theatre Inc., the producing entity at the Granite Theatre's current show is Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this mystery comedy statuettes of Indians on the mantel of the house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "Indians" met his death till there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants are marooned there. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead, poisoned. One down and nine to go! Can you predict who will be next? Can you predict who done it? Director John Cillino casts this roles wonderfully and gives keen insight into these characters. He keeps the audience on the edge of their seats trying to figure out who the real killer is.

John also blocks the show beautifully on the gorgeous set by David Jepson. He brings out the best in his cast with their facial expressions and accusatory glances at one another. Agatha Christie keeps the suspense high in her cleverly crafted show with many clever twists and turns. The lightening storm is impeccable during an impressive dramatic moment. The meltdown and final solution of the killer is well done. Not wanting to give away too many details to spoil this whodunnit for the audience I will describe the characters and who plays them. Playing the callow youth is Max Leatham, the battle-ax, religious fanatic dowager, Patricia Spencer Smith, the crusty judge, Michael Thurber, the war beaten general, Christopher Donohue, the sensible young woman, Claudia Bach, her impetuous love interest, Ed Benjamin III, the suspicious servants, Lisa Clough and Jeff Massee, the timid doctor, Tom Steenberg and the lower class detective, Chris Maxwell. They all play their roles to the hilt and John gives their moment to shine in this show.. I had fun back in 1997 playing William Blore, the lower class detective for Community Players. So for an intriguing edge of your seat mystery, be sure to catch "And Then There Were None" by The Renaissance City Theatre Inc., before time runs out.This novel is Agatha Christie's best selling novel, selling 100 million to date.

"And The There Were None" (5 - 8 September)
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI

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