Deadly Murder at Lakewood Theatre Company - Sampling from the Oregonian Review

Theater review: "Fine trio brings complexity to cat-and-mouse story at Lakewood Theatre Company"

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11:24 AM   


Deadly Murder at Lakewood Theatre Company

Pictured: Adrienne Flagg, Leif Norby and Ty Boice in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of Deadly Murder, playing Jan. 13 - Feb. 19, 2012 at Lakewood Theatre. Photo by Lake Oswego Photographers. 

Deadly Murder takes its shape and tone from such clever whodunits as Sleuth and Deathtrap.The two-act mystery, with a rather silly title, by David Foley combines hairpin plot turns with witty humor and relationships between characters that seem ordinary on the outside, but aren't. Foley's script is a bit contrived but a lot of fun and is anything but character-driven. It's a cat-and-mouse story, a challenging puzzle that draws us closer and happily keeps us on the edge of our seats.

Director Alan Shearman has gathered together a fine trio of performers for the Lakewood Theatre production, all moving a bit beyond stereotypes to make the evening richer. The statuesque Adrienne Flagg plays Camille Dargus, a glamorous, affluent woman. When the curtain opens, she has just picked up a hunky waiter named Bill (Ty Boice), had her way with him and is trying to get him to leave her posh apartment. We learn she's a jewelry designer and owns the whole building in Manhattan, a city where it isn't always smart to pick up strangers.

When Bill refuses to leave, she calls Ted, the security guard (Leif Norby), and a scuffle begins that spirals into an apparent murder and the search for a precious item that the glossy-haired Camille may or may not have sequestered among her possessions. Suddenly, you don't know who the real bad guy (or gal) is or how these three really know each other, and it doesn't matter. We're on a madcap journey of intrigue and duplicity, and on the way, we meet occasional wry hilarity.

Deadly Murder at Lakewood Theatre CompanyThe actors contrast neatly with one another. Boice, fresh-faced, blond and full of youthful energy, embodies Bill, who is the play's catalyst. He looks the all-American boy, so when he gets nasty it's kind of a surprise. Boice knows enough not to overdo it, and he's an articulate, no-nonsense actor, ideal for the role.

Norby, a popular Portland-area actor, disappears into a completely different character than he normally plays. He seems to shrink as Ted the security guard, with his shaved head and stooped posture. Although he's a hard-headed bulldog on one level, Ted appears intimidated by life itself, and the thought of purloining a priceless treasure in Camille's upscale apartment gives him a few moments of glimmering, greedy hope.

Flagg takes the show and runs with it. She's onstage nearly all the time, deals beautifully with some quick timing, while managing what seems to be the lion's share of dialogue. She makes Camille more real than Foley perhaps intended (which improves the production). When we learn a little bit more about her, we find a figure caught in a situation there's no getting out of, proving psychological pain is the worst of all. Whether Camille is bristling or wilting, Flagg is a pleasure to watch.

- Holly Johnson, Oregonian

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Deadly Murder:

Deadly Murder at Lakewood Theatre CompanyTicket Information

Ticket prices are $28/adults and $25/seniors. Other discounts are available for students. Note: this play's subject matter includes sexual themes and violence. Recommended for mature teens and up. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or click here to order online. 

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  Jan. 13 - Feb. 19, 2012


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