"The Mousetrap" Review - A Well-Acted, Engaging, Edge-of-Your-Seat Classic

Last week I had a chance to see The Mousetrap, a classic Agatha Christie play, directed by Jonathan Berry at Northlight Theatre in Skokie. The play, which is set in 1952 at Monkswell Manor in East Midlands, England, begins with newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston (Cora Vander Broek and Keith Neagle), opening a guest house — a venture that neither of them have any experience with — in a recently inherited property, while a major snowstorm bears down on them.

Around the same time, news breaks of a murder that has taken place nearby, the details of which — including the description of the murderer — are sketchy at best. Just as Mollie and Giles are putting the finishing touches on “Monkswell Manor Guest House,” the first of their guests, Christopher Wren (Joey deBettencourt), an architect, arrives, followed shortly thereafter by the ever hard to please Mrs. Boyle (Laura T. Fisher), who is a former magistrate, and Major Metcalf (Patrick Clear), followed by the extremely tight-lipped Miss Casewell (Lindsey Pearlman).

Just as everyone is getting acquainted and settled in, an unexpected (and rather eccentric) guest, Mr. Paravicini (Joe Dempsey) shows up, saying that he has been stranded after an accident in which his car has overturned in a snowdrift, forcing him to abandon his vehicle and seek shelter at the manor.

It isn’t long before the police call, saying little other than that they will be sending a detective out. In short order, Detective Sergeant Trotter (Greg Matthew Anderson) arrives, informing them that a murder has taken place nearby, and that they have found evidence that would suggest that the murderer intends to kill again and could very well be heading to Monkswell Manor next. As such, he urges them to tell him of any connection that they may have to the case that may make them the killer’s next target. Much to his chagrin, however, the guests aren’t having any of it, refusing to believe that the killer’s next target could be among them and refusing to divulge much in the way of anything that could be considered personal information, even among themselves… though it isn’t long before Detective Sergeant Trotter has at least some of them on edge, even second guessing those they were convinced they knew. 

Whether you’re an Agatha Christie fan or just a fan of mysteries in general, this well-acted, engaging, edge-of-your-seat whodunit delivers, and is one I highly recommend. The Mousetrap has been extended to run through December 21, 2014 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, with an Open Captioned performance to take place on December 7th at 7:00 PM. To purchase tickets or for additional information regarding The Mousetrap, special events associated with this production, or more information regarding Northlight Theatre and the rest of the 2014-2015 season, please visit the Northlight Theatre website. You may also purchase tickets to this production by calling the Box Office at 847-673-6300 or at the Box Office during Box Office hours. Please note this production is recommended for ages 10 and up.


Production Photos: Michael Brosilow

Top of Page

Join Splash Magazines

Feature Article

Tempflow™ and Tempur-Pedic® Reviews - What 35 Hours of Research Uncovered

Want Your Business to Male a Splash
<!-- #wrapper -->