Victoria here, reporting on the recent presentation of this venerable play  as the holiday offering of the Milwaukee Repetory Theatre

jonathan Gillard Daly

Jonathan Gillard Daly

Laura Gordon

and Laura Gordon


The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, Directed by J.R. Sullivan

Here’s the Rep’s blurb:  “A classic whodunit mystery for the whole family!
Playing to sold-out houses in London’s West End for over 60 years, The Mousetrap has been released to American audiences through a limited number of authorized productions – including at Milwaukee Rep! A murder is committed at a newly opened rooming house, and the snowbound hosts and guests—with the aid of a police inspector—must determine who the killer is before he or she strikes again. Agatha Christie’s masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to an unforgettable final twist!”
For all of you who have seen the play in London — or elsewhere — I’m sure you remember the experience fondly. I can’t remember how many times I’ve attended a London performance, but enough that I remember the characters including the perpetrator. But no spoilers here!

The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is still running, the longest run in London history.

Here is an interesting article about some things you might not know. Even if you’ve seen it as many times as I have!

This American production was well done, with the shabby genteel set, the characters with all their secrets, and of course, our unexpected twist at the end.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo by Michael Brosilow

In the J-S, critic Mike Fischer wrote of one of the characters, “‘Who am I?,’ he asks. ‘You do not know. Where do I come from? You do not know.’ When everyone is acting all of the time, how can we, ever? Forget the occasional creak in Christie’s plot. In this Mousetrap, the thrills and chills are timely and psychological, living as we do in a world where none of us is ever quite what we seem — leaving all of us caught in a trap of our own devising.”

It’s all fun — and as a wish for 2016, you could do no better than to hope for another evening of enjoyment at the hands of the skilled Miss Christie.

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