Elizabeth P. Smith thought directing Murder by the Book would be a novel idea.
Its clever and different she said of the latest production by Little Theatre of Watertown. It has a lot of twists and turns and some very funny lines.
Little Theatre will stage the production Thursday and Friday and June 1 and 2 at the Black River Valley Club, 131 Washington St. All shows, except for the one on Thursday, are dinner theaters.
The light-hearted thriller by British playwrights Duncan Greenwood and Robert King has some macabre twists, but being a mystery, Mrs. Smith didnt want to give too much of the plays plot away.
It will keep the audience pretty much in suspense, she said. Theyre not going to be able to figure out whats going on and who is going to come out on top until the very last line.
Murder by the Book has five performers. All are veterans of either Little Theatre of Watertown or Watertown Lyric Theater. David Murphy plays main character Selwyn Piper, a thriller writer.
Hes very pompous and full of himself and always tries to prove himself smarter than everyone else, Mrs. Smith said of Selwyn.
Tina Thompson plays Selwyns wife, Imogen Piper. Peter Fletcher, played by Scott Taylor, is an amateur detective who lives next to the Pipers. Cindy Tyler plays Christine Scott, Selwyns secretary, and Kevin Kitto plays John Douglas, Selwyns publisher.
Everybody has hidden agendas, said Mrs. Smith.
Among the elements that will keep audiences guessing, Mrs. Smith said, are a hoax, guns with blanks and poison.
The play, written in the 1980s, is set in modern day.
But we do use a typewriter, so thats going to date it, Mrs. Smith said.
Opening night proceeds on Thursday for Murder by the Book will go to the Watertown High School Drama Department.
Lenny Planes (WHS teacher, drama club adviser) works really hard with the kids over at the high school and his budget is extremely restricted, said Mrs. Smith, an art teacher at Case Middle School.