And Then There Were None – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

INVESTIGATE THE COMPELLING MYSTERY “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” AT THE WARNER

In 1939 that dame of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie, penned a masterpiece novel “And Then There Were None.” This best selling book has been named by Publications International as the seventh top title of all time. You can now, if you dare, see the dramatic adaptation of the novel into play form courtesy of the Warner Stage Company at the Nancy Marine Studio at the Warner Theatre in Torrington from Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, October 1.

A number of strangers receive personally designed invitations to an island off the Devon coast of England from a man they do not know. One thinks she is being hired for a job as a secretary, a doctor is lured on the supposition he has a new patient to treat, some think they are coming to reunite with old friends and two believe they are being asked to observe the comings and goings of the other guests in the guise of conducting detective work.

When they arrive, they find the butler and the housekeeper but learn their host, Mr. Owen, will appear tomorrow. What do these strangers have in common? Why have they been singled out for an unusual invitation? After an excellent dinner, they begin to learn their potential fate. Each of them has been complicit in a criminal act where someone died. Each escaped punishment…until now. A nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldiers” hangs in every guest’s bedroom and strongly suggests the manner of death each will experience.

One by one the guests meet their guilt-ridden ends but who is the executioner? They are trapped on the island with no means of calling for help or of escape. On the dining room table, the ten china soldier figurines are quickly disappearing. Who is to blame? Will the police eventually discover the master culprit? Lynn Paulella Beard with John Ozerhoski as assistant director steer this diabolical plot with maniacal skills.

The drama features Nicholas Bourne, Tony Enright, Roger Grace, MayTae Harge, Eric Lindblom, Scott Murphy, Lana Peck, Thursday Savage, Anthony Stachowitz, Payton Turpin and Mike Zizka. Performances are September 23, 29 and 30 at 8 pm and September 24 and October 1 at 2 pm. To purchase tickets, ($27) call the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or visit www.warnertheatre.org.

Feel like playing Sherlock Holmes? Come consider yourself invited to this island retreat for a most amazing vacation into the mysterious unknown.

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