Experience a thrilling night of classic whodunits with Good Counsel Theatre Company's (GCTC) double feature of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound on November 3, 4, 10 & 11 at the Performing Arts Center at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Each performance begins with Christie's mystery masterpiece, followed by Stoppard's short-but-brilliant comic sendup of the genre.
"We are excited to bring our community a double-header of theatrical mysteries," said Kristina Friedgen, the show's director. "Students have been working hard to master the style of the suspense/film noir genre present in the old Hollywood classics. The result is a double feature that offers a deeper look at the art of the 'whodunit,' and provides a unique and enjoyable evening of theater."
It's an evening that begins with And Then There Were None, wherein a group of 10 strangers is lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon—only to discover that their hosts, an eccentric wealthy couple, have gone missing. Dinner reveals a recorded message accusing each guest of hiding a guilty secret and soon—stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme—the guests begin to die, one by one. Only the fallen can be believed to be innocent; who among the survivors is the killer?
The mysteries continue in The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play that finds two critics caught up as unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic 1950s mystery à la Agatha Christie. This play offers a double "whodunit" plus plenty of laughs—the perfect complement to And Then There Were None. Indeed, when these two plays come together the evidence is overwhelming: no one does mystery like Good Counsel Theatre Company!
GCTC's productions of And Then There Were None & The Real Inspector Hound run for two weekends at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Performing Arts Center, 17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney, MD. Performances are Friday and Saturday Nov. 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday Nov. 10 & 11 at 7p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on www.showtix4u.com