When a charming ne’er do well, acting under the assumed name of George Love, sets his sights on a little brown wren of a woman, a milliner’s assistant, he has a classic con game to play.  He preys on plain, unassuming ladies who yearn for marriage and have a small nest egg set aside for just such circumstances, but have little hope of orange blossoms and lace veils.

Mark Shanahan and Andrea Maulella in “Tryst” at Westport Country Playhouse, now playing through August 23. (203) 227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org Photos by T. Charles Erickson

    Enter into the darkly suspenseful world of Mr. Love (Mark Shanahan) as he woos the shy and bashful Adelaide (Andrea Maulella) in London in the early turn of the twentieth century.  The Westport Country Playhouse will be staging this romantic thriller, Karoline Leach’s “Tryst”, until Saturday, August 23.

    George is a careful, well organized scoundrel who lives on his wits and his dreams, refined and polished enough to turn a poor gullible spinster’s head with honeyed words of love and marriage.

    Adelaide is the proud possessor of a brooch left her by her beloved Aunt Myra, along with an inheritance of fifty pounds, so she is a plumb plum waiting to be plucked.  All she wants is someone to love her for who she is and she is realistic about the woman she sees in the mirror.

    Adelaide has her own set of rules about the game being played and she is strong enough in her convictions to make her wants and needs known.  Joe Brancato directs this involving story of the heart, counterfeit or true.

    For tickets ($30-55), call Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off route 1, Westport at 203-227-4177 or 1-888-927-7529 or online at www.westportplayhouse.org. ; Performances are tonight and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

    Swirl in the mystery of Victorian London as two people play a game to discover if one, both or neither will be declared winner.

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