Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Mousetrap

Who done it?
The Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. is one of 60 theaters world-wide to be producing Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in honor of its 60th year in production. This show premiered in London’s West end in 1952 and has been playing continuously ever since, making it the longest continuously running play in history. It can be seen on the Walnut Street Theatre's  main stage through March 4th. Agatha Christie was a mystery writer par excellence. Each member of WST ensemble cast uniquely brings to life the disparate characters that not only are thrust together in a freak snow storm but also ultimately became suspects in a murder.  Thanks to the excellent work of Scenic Designer Glen Sears, it is not always easy to keep track of the whereabouts of all the characters.  The saga is set in a manor house in London. The room is exquisite in its coziness with numerous doors and archways for the players to enter and exit the stage. The fireplace in one corner of the room exudes warmth that the characters rarely show to each other. Who knows if the characters’ behaviors are the result of fear or guilt? It is the audience’s task to scrutinize each character’s actions and alibis to determine the identity of the killer. This enigmatic tale is not a routine, serious account. Although lives may be at stake, humor abounds throughout. You must listen closely to catch the laugh lines as fellow members of the audience may drown them out with their enthusiasm. You’ll want to be sure to catch this show and be part of its 60 year history.  For tickets or further information, call 215-574-3550 or visit online at

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