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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Theatre review: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap stands the test of time

Vancouver's Metro Theatre presents Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit until October 7.

Rarely does one have an opportunity to witness a piece of theatrical history, but Vancouver theatregoers have that chance as Metro Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

It is easy to understand The Mousetrap‘s ongoing appeal as it offers all the quintessential elements of a gripping murder mystery with a group of snowbound guests in a remote manor house, a mysterious killer on the loose, and a web of suspicion that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

Not only does Christie’s genius shine, showcasing her ability to craft a compelling tale of suspense and intrigue, but under director Don Briard’s vision, this production brings a new perspective to this classic with its multi-generational cast.

Among the standouts in this community theatre production are Lucas Simon as Christopher Wren and Rosemary Schuster as Mrs. Boyle.

As Wren, Simon brings depth and charisma to this enigmatic character, immersing the audience in the characters’ idiosyncrasies and quirks. His skillful performance adds layers to the intricate plot, keeping the mystery alive and the audience guessing until the end.

As Mrs. Boyle, Schuster contributes to the atmosphere of tension and suspicion among the characters. Her critical demeanor and sharp tongue make her portrayal challenging for the other guests, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the unfolding events.

Set designer Emily Dotson’s dedication to preserving the authenticity of the original staging while adapting it to the Metro Theatre’s physical space is commendable, creating an atmosphere that transports the audience seamlessly back to the great hall at Monkswell Manor in 1953.

For those eager to unravel the secrets of Monkswell Manor and be part of a theatrical tradition, The Mousetrap is a must-see. I suggest you secure your seats now. And don’t forget if you go, in keeping with tradition, don’t spoil the ending for those who come after.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Directed by Don Briard. A Metro Theatre production. On stage at Metro Theatre (1370 Marine Dr. SW, Vancouver) until October 7. Visit metrotheatre.com for tickets and information.

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