Rehearsal for Murder:
Simple Yet Attractive
Review and photographs by Paul Blair
"Character is who you are in the
The idea is this:
On the one-year anniversary of his fiancée's death, a
playwright, Alex Dennison (Chris Walker), brings back all those involved in the play being
staged at the time of her supposed suicide. Through the rehearsal for his new play
he has planned for them, he brings out revelation after revelation of the surrounding
events of Monica
(Victoria Dicce)'s death.
Peter Buehler hasn't figured it out yet.
|The plot is a good one. It's a mystery,
and, as Bella Lamb (Marisa Marquez) puts it in the play, "They do well."
The acting is strong, with noteworthy performances from all the cast,
Chris Walker deserving a side note simply because of the
number of his lines.
|Alex Dennison, a playwright
|Ernie, a custodian
|Sally Bean, a secretary
|Monica Wells, a
|Loretta, a stage manager
|Lloyd Andrews, a director
|Bella Lamb, a producer
|Karen Daniels, an actress
|Leo Gibbs, an actor
|David Matthews, an actor
|A police officer
|Mr. Santoro, a moving man
|A police lieutenant
In addition to the strong acting all around, the set design
/ lighting / music / etc. enhanced this year play dramatically.
The only problem I had with this year's play (I'm sorry, but it wasn't perfect)
was that there really weren't enough plot twists. The plot moves along for the
longest time, interesting as it may be, and then - BOOM - there's a twist - and that's it.
Of course the story itself isn't that simple, but it isn't that complicated
either, which results in it being a short play, clocking in at around an hour and a half.
|Overall, bravo! This play had many obstacles to overcome, including
Marisa's fall down the steps resulting in a sprained ankle and Chris' allergy hives, but
it still came out on top!
From left to right: Brendan O'Connor, Peter Buehler,
Marissa Marquez, Jebb Mirell, Eric Gould, and Chris Walker.