A night of mystery

 By Alice Deweese

Stage Photos by Russ Walker

On a cold, blustery night I made my way to the warm and cozy Rialto Theater in downtown Aransas Pass to watch John Bishop’s Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.

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All is not as it seems as Linda (Marjorie Baverstock) meets with police officer (Patrick O’Reilly)

As the play begins, you are introduced to the many characters, that no matter how insignificant they seem, play an important part in the development of the story line. This comedic thriller has more twists and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco.  This is not a play to come to and idly chat with your neighbor.  You will have to keep your eyes open and your ears alert to the subtle hints and clues that will lead you to the surprising ending of this murder mystery.  I found myself confused at times as each character begins their journey and the changes they undergo.  But as the story line continued, I understood.

 

The plot thickens…who is who?

Keep in mind that this story takes place in the 1940’s when the world was in the throes of WW II with spies, Nazis, and espionage.  The references to this time period are important to the plot and story.  I loved the setting and the music that took me to a time long ago.  The subtle humor of the comedian character added a brightness and levity to the murderous plot.

This musical comedy will be performed at the Rialto in downtown Aransas Pass from November 1st thru the 17th on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. The cost of admission is $20.00.