The Mousetrap at Lakewood Theatre Company, Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2014 - Sampling from the Willamette Week Review

 

Theater review: This Lakewood Theatre Company production passes muster with a well-cast ensemble that plays up the eccentricities and dark secrets of each character.

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014,

 

Lucy Paschall, Richie Bowen and Samuel Summer at Lakewood Theatre CompanyPictured: Lucy Paschall, Richie Bowen and Samuel Summer in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of The Mousetrap, playing Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2014 at Lakewood Theatre.

Photo by Triumph Photographers.

 

 

Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predictability of the classic formula doesn’t make the tale any less enjoyable. Perhaps that’s why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has become the longest-running show in the world, playing continuously in London’s West End since 1952 and tallying more than 25,000 performances. This Lakewood Theatre Company production passes muster with a well-cast ensemble that plays up the eccentricities and dark secrets of each character, from the squirrely Chris Wren (Samuel Summer) to the curmudgeonly Mrs. Boyle (Maxemillian Corkum). Leading the cast as the exasperated guesthouse owner, Lucy Paschall brings the most believable drama to the show’s campy vibe. Of course, some camp is to be expected—along with some heavy-handed obfuscation—when unraveling the motives of the portly foreigner who arrives unexpectedly or the mannish spinster who reveals little. But the action moves at a swift clip as characters dash through doors and up the stairs of the impressive set while Sergeant Trotter (Caleb Adderley) pieces together the events of the evening. Think you know who the killer is? Go play detective and spend the rest of the evening glaring suspiciously at your loved ones.

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The Mousetrap:

Robin Woolman and Lucy Paschall in The Mousetrap, Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2014 at Lakewood Theatre CompanyWhen: Opens Jan 10, 2014. Performances continue through February 16 with the following schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 7:00 PM (January 12, 19, 26) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (January 19 and February 2, 19, and 16). There is one Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM on January 29. The show sponsor is Sturdi-Built Greenhouse Manufacturing Co. - Barbara & Bill Warner.
Where: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego
Tickets: $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call 503-635-3901

 


 

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