Theatre: SLEUTH opens tonight @ TLT

This weekend Tacoma Little Theatre opens their 92nd season with SLEUTH!
The 5-character mystery snagged the Tony Award for Best Play in 1970, while the ’72 movie version earned both its stars—two little-known actors named Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine—Oscar nominations for Best Actor.

The TLT production features Alan Wilkie and Christian Doyle in the Olivier and Cane roles, respectively, as a mystery writer and the man who loves his wife… game players plotting each other’s real-life ruination and demise.

I got a sneak peak at the set a couple days before opening, and I think you’ll be as impressed as I was. It seems set quality at TLT has been on the upswing lately, and SLEUTH’s is no exception. In addition to removing the front three rows of seating and creating a nice deep stage, the designers and painters have put noticeable detail and artistry into a rich and bizarrely accessorized set… antiques, costumes, even a life-size clown. (Could be these be indicators of director John Munn’s preferred term for SLEUTH: “A Comedic Fun-House Thriller?”)

Other things Munn wants you to know:
1) Three of the actors in this production have never been seen in Pierce County.
2) Watch for allusions to his two favorite crime writers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agathie Christie.
3) “Expect to be surprised at the play’s events, and expect to be wrong when you guess what happens next… but have fun trying to guess!”

“The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cozy English country house owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunnit.  Winner of the Tony and Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play.”

SLEUTH runs August 27th through September 26th 2010
Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm

Contact Tacoma Little Theatre for tickets:
253-272-2281 or

* Pay What You Can: September 2, 2010 at 7:30pm
** Actor Benefit: September 25, 2010 at 2:00pm


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