Done to Death
by Horizon High School - 56th Street Players
Fred Carmichael’s play brings together five murder
mystery authors hired to combine on a new television series. The authors include
writers in the mold of Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, the horror film variety,
and murderers of the wealthy, sophisticated variety. The writers’ professional
and literary competitiveness leads to a frantic series of every clichéd mystery
plot device imaginable during which the lines between the real world and the
script world begin to blur, as well as who may or may not be dead.
directs this ode to the murder mystery genre, keeping the dialogue and crimes
and twists and turns coming fast and snappy. Providing all the snappy dialogue
is a strong comedic cast who give us a great feel for their characters with very
little character development written in.
It’s the sophisticated variety who we first meet, taking
the last name “Olive” to go with their martini murders. As the two Olives,
the hilarious Carly Evans delivers
her clever one-liners with genuine ease and humor, with her husband Jacob Shore making her natural partner in crime and in wit. Amanda
Cowell is the delightful Agatha Christie-type who uses her voice to terrific
effect. Kyle Kercher is our young James Bond-ish writer Brad Benedict with a
good quiet and observant, anti-Bond-ish personality. And Alexander Enriquez is the aging but highly enthusiastic master of
old school horror, suspense, and monster tales. Trying to get them all onboard
for a successful project is the eager and stressed Nate
Briggs as Jason Summers.
rest of the cast does excellent work as the show’s backstage workers and
actors for the archetypal roles in the various murder plots. All the deaths
takes place in Horizon’s beautifully reborn theatre where, after several
months of renovations that had their theater group performing in the facilities
of neighboring schools, had its big ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening night.
Performed October 10 - 12, 2013
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