Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

World’s longest running show comes to Columbus

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I have been sworn to secrecy.

But I’ll tell you what I can.

Ever since the mystery play opened in London in 1952, each audience of The Mousetrap takes a vow of silence when it comes to the identity of the murderer. So whodunit? I can’t say, but it could be Maj. Metcalf, a wily Army retiree — or perhaps it’s Mollie Ralston, proprietor of Monkswell Manor. And what about that last unexpected guest, Mr. Paravicini?

All we know is that among the group of strangers, trapped by the snowstorm at Monkswell, at least one is a killer. And more than one seem to have a motive.

You can test your sleuthing powers and follow the clues when you see the show at Family Theatre. But be forewarned: Agatha Christie, who penned this play, is known as the queen of crime, and with red herrings and tangled plot twists, it’s no easy task to guess the ending.

All in the family

If you’ve never been to Family Theatre before, you’re in for a treat. Like most community theater, it’s an intimate setting, with seating close to the stage. Afterward, you always have an opportunity to meet the actors and mingle with the stagehands, director and other local talent who helped put on the play.

In general, Family Theatre keeps its plays appropriate for all ages. Because of the subject matter of this play, you may want to leave little ones at home, but feel free to bring preteens and older. Complimentary desserts are available at intermission, along with drinks and popcorn for sale to benefit the nonprofit company. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks.

The Mousetrap, the longest running show in history, will continue in Columbus for the next two weekends. Advance reservations are recommended, and military discounts are available. Call 706-366-7196.

The theater is located in an annex off of Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2100 Hamilton Road, Columbus. It’s easy to find, but get there early to claim your seat. Doors open a half hour before showtime.

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