Monday, October 22, 2018

MURDER! At The La Mirada..

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig.

Murder most foul has ruled the headlines, whispered about through the ages and has been the absolute most dramatized solution to the problems of those bent on revenge or filled with ambition for time immemorial.  
 Tony Amendola  as “Hercule Poirot"
Jason Niedle
The novels of Agatha Christie continue to amuse in some perverse way the imaginations of millions of readers (and movie and theatre goers) around the world.  Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, has solved this mystery in the movies since the book's first arrival on the scene in 1934.  Most recently, Kenneth Branagh's film version featured himself as Poirot only last year followed earlier versions with Albert Finney and Alfred Molina as the detective.  The lush experience of these films on the 1930s Orient Express is challenged by bringing the project to the stage. Director Sheldon Epps's keen eye and deft direction, blots out the image of the cinema,  retelling on the LaMirada stage is lush in its own special way.

Tony Amendola as “Hercule Poirot” 
 Julia Aks as “Greta Ohlsson,” 
Hope Noel Bradley as “Daisy Armstrong,” 
Will Block as “Hector MacQueen,” 
Anne Gee Byrd as “Princess Dragomiroff,” 
Brad Culver as “Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter,” 
Christine Dunford as “Helen Hubbard,” 
Zarah Mahler as “Countess Andrenyi,” 
Matthew Floyd Miller as “Colonel Arbuthnot/Samuel Ratchett,” Rachel Seiferth as “Mary Debenham” 
 Time Winters as “Monsieur Bouc.”

McCoy / Rigby don't spare the horses with this lavish production in its West Coast Premiere. Stephen Gifford's gilt edged scenic design delights as the events that are familiar to readers of Agatha Christie over more than eighty years come to life on a full sized railroad train!   
As Poirot, Tony Amendola one by one puzzles out whodunnit with the cast of suspects, each with a motive and each with an alibi! For those who have not read nor seen this story, stay in the dark until the final curtain. This is pure theatrical excellence at its elaborate best.
adapted by Ken Ludwig
 Directed by Shedon Epps
 Through Sunday, November 11, 2018 
 Wednesdays; Thursdays at 7:30pm; 
Fridays at 8:00pm; 
Saturdays at 2:00pm; 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm.  
Tickets and information:
(562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310
Student, Senior and group discounts are available. 
$15 Student Tickets available for the first 15 performances of the production.
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.

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