Go ahead, make me laugh I thought to myself as we near the end of Christiepaloosa. And laugh I did. Out loud.
Merlyn Productions’ “And Then There Was One: An Agatha Christie Spoof” meets the criteria of a genuine “spoof” which is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a humorous parody, an exaggeration for comic effect.” A parody is defined as “an imitation of the style of a writer, with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.”
Merlyn Productions, now its 9th season of producing plays for general audiences and classic children’s theatre, presented an endearing Christiefest cast.
Ethan Lapkin (Presley York) channels Justin Bieber admirably and Dakota Nickels (Matthew Charisma) is a master of facial contortions who had the audience in stitches.
Right from the get-go, Xiam Webster (Mimms) and Dean Duncan (Clayhorn) set the tone for pure entertainment to come. Perhaps what makes this cast so likable is that it is evident they worked hard and had good direction from John Chase. Costumes and set design are commendable and complemented the overall production.
Michael Druce’s script was enhanced by the humor of Dr. Prince (David King), Delores the actress (Chantelle Dubois) and nerdy Emily Plain (Basia Zaleska). Actor Laura Chan who played Margaret LaRue is a comedic bright light who has great stamina.
This family-friendly one-act one hour comedy is resplendent with clever sight gags and witty dialogue. Ten people are brought by mysterious invitation to a mansion on an isolated island. Like the chocolate soldiers that disappear from the mantel one by one, the guests do likewise.
Tickets: $12 or ChristiePass
Children & Teens (Under 18): $10
Group rates available for 10 or more.
To reserve tickets:
http://www.merlyn.biz/ or 204-415-2714
Fri. Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.