Sunday, November 13, 2016

Witness for the Prosecution

An unemployed man assists and an older woman, Miss Emily French, who dropped some packages while crossing a busy road.  Leonard Vole compassionately retrieved these parcels from the street.  This chance meeting created an unlikely friendship. 
He begins to visit this Miss French who is a senior citizen, aged 56-years-old.   This relationship grows, however, Leonard never brings his wife to meet her.
Miss French is killed.   Surprisingly; he is heir to the estate is this drifter.
Did he kill her for her money?  Did they just have an enjoyable and sincere friendship or was this just a fast-money scheme?
Witness for the Prosecution is a play currently at the Chanticleer Community Theater based on a short story by Agatha Christie originally published in 1925, retitled in 1948, and made into a movie in 1957 featuring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton and directed by Billy Wilder.
Leonard Vole, portrayed by Chris Mays is great in this role.  Did he kill Emily French for her money?   While accused of the murder, his guilt or innocence ultimately depends on the witnesses for the prosecution.
Assisting in Vole's defense are John Mayhew, played by Will Muller and Stan Tracey as Sir Wilfrid Robarts.    For  Tracey, this role seems a little familiar since he is an attorney.
With many witnesses, Vole's wife, Romaine played by Stacie Krauth is unquestionably the most memorable.   All the witnesses significantly sway the audience and the jury as each reveals their perspectives and experiences.
The costumes, make-up, and hair were all outstanding creating a scene from the 1930s.  The set perfectly enhanced the play along with superb sound and lighting direction.
For outstanding performances, I adore the clerk played by Christina Thornton.   She professionally maintains the character while also adding a little humor.  It is evident who commands that courtroom.
Also, Kaitlin Carlon playing Greta balances the ditzy secretary with the seriousness of the court system and her character's ineptness.
Witness for the Prosecution continues through this weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
To obtain tickets, contact the box office at (712) 323-9955.   For adults, the prices are $20, $16 for seniors aged sixty or older, and $10 for students.   This show is adult-oriented with most of the show being a courtroom setting.
The curtain rises promptly at 7:30 with an intermission around 8:10.  Jury selection is at 8:20 and the show resumes at 8:30 until 10.

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