Agatha Christie on the Cape

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I was so pleased to have the opportunity to finally see “The Mousetrap” being performed only 10 minutes from the Inn at The Barnstable Comedy Club. Not only is this the longest running play on the planet but, being an Agatha Christie fan, I can’t believe it’s never crossed my possibility path until now.  Although I am glad that I saw the show and now know “who done it” I was left a bit disappointed with the caliber of the production. Not being a novice at attending amateur theater I can certainly appreciate the hurdles of such a venture. The specific style of the Christie era is one that is challenging to say the least and it can be difficult to create. Being the first weekend of the productions run, the cast still needed to create the flow which left inconsistency of style and a rather choppy performance quality. I believe that as they move forward together their timing will greatly improve.  I also felt that the final conclusion was weak and left the audience rather in a state of disappointment.  The director may have found that time could have been more evenly distributed in rehearsals in order to avoid that problem.

All in all I applaud the casts’ efforts and fully encourage their work as they continue to work together.  I was entertained on a January afternoon on the Cape and intend to experience other shows at this well- worn, comfortable and obviously loved little theater.

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