Beat the winter blahs with Studio Theatre, Perth’s production of the comedy thriller, Out of Sight…Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael. The play opens on January 16 and is a must see.
“It’s a well written script, I think,” says director Grey Masson.
The play has everything that a thriller should have – a sinister, isolated mansion, dramatic flashes of thunder and lightning and a cast of dodgy characters, any one of whom could be a killer and enough twists to keep the suspense simmering and the comedy rolling.
“We’re setting this production in the 80’s prior to cell phones and computers,” says Masson.
The play revolves around Peter Knight, (Lucas Tennant) an author, in need of a bestseller to get back on track. He’s been sent, by his publisher, to a remote mansion in Vermont, where as he writes, an electrical storm precipitates an unusual confluence of events. The characters he’s been toying with in his imagination start to materialize around him, and they’re a pretty ornery bunch! Stock characters all, they’re there to help Peter work out the plot even as they succumb one by one to the machination of a cunning murderer.
“My cast is excellent, a couple of them seem to have punched it up as though the parts were written for them,” says Masson.
The cast includes the ever sophisticated, brittle, and caustic woman of a certain age Lydia (Juli Heney) and her crooked millionaire husband Jordan (Ken Wiles).
“Lydia is exquisite, she’s a super sleuth herself, and she finds all this very exciting,” says Heney.
Other characters include Cogburn the quintessential butler (Martin Treffers), Addie the pregnant maid (Annie West), the combative spinster (Roberta Peets) a young hero (Charles Henderson) and of course the inevitable and lovely ingénue Kay played by Natalie Grey.
Nobody is safe in this twisty and often hilarious thriller, not even the author. Can he survive the killer’s intent and complete his book?
Find out at the performances, January 16, 17, 18 and January 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. or January 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at Tickets Please, 11 Gore Street E., (613) 485-6434 or at ticketsplease.ca or at the door.