Fi­nal week­end for ‘Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CHURCH HILL — “Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion” will be play­ing for one fi­nal week­end with shows at 8 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, April 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. Sun­day, April 9, at Church Hill Theatre.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults, $15 for mem­bers, and $10 for stu­dents, with spe­cial prices for groups of ten or more.

Reser­va­tions can be made by call­ing the CHT of­fice at 410-556-6003 or on­line at www.church­hillthe­atre.org

“You’ll be re­warded by this clas­sic Christie play,” said lo­cal re­viewer Peter Heck. “Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion,” di­rected by Christo­pher Wal­lace, is a grip­ping duel be­tween two le­gal giants ar­gu­ing a cap­i­tal mur­der case in foggy post-World War II Lon­don.

This pro­duc­tion was gen­er­ously spon­sored by Foam Works, LLC, and Heck as­sures au­di­ences it is “well worth see­ing.”

Based on a 1925 short story she later adapted for the stage, Agatha Christie’s “Wit­ness for the Pros­e­cu­tion” has been de­light­ing and per­plex­ing au­di­ences for al­most a cen­tury.

Sim­ple man Leonard Vole has been ac­cused of mur­der, but there are count­less ques­tions with­out an­swers for this cap­i­tal charge. Christie pro­vides both red her­rings and le­git­i­mate clues, so au­di­ences need to pay care­ful at­ten­tion as they reach their own con­clu­sions about Vole’s guilt or in­no­cence.

This drama would be an ex­cel­lent in­tro­duc­tion to live the­ater for mid­dle school­ers and teens, but smaller chil­dren might have trou­ble fol­low­ing the court­room repar­tee.

The Peake Play­ers present “How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing” April 7-9 in Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Cast mem­bers: Anna Terry, Shannon Lan­ders, Brian White, Ja­cob Wheat­ley, Will Alder­son, Se­bas­tian Rosario and Ly­dia Wal­bert.

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