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Let's Murder Marsha
a Farce
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Monk Ferris

COMPANY : Polk Street Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : St. James' Episcopal Church [WEBSITE]
ID# 4391

SHOWING : January 25, 2013 - February 09, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It all starts when houswife Marsha, addicted to reading murder mysteries, overhears her husband talking about her upcoming birthday celebrations and believes he is planning to murder her! Just a miscommunication or ???


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Let's Not and Say We Did
by playgoer
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2.5
"Let's Murder Marsha" isn't a particularly good play. It hinges on the misunderstanding of what a wife overhears her husband saying, and expects us to feel sympathy towards her as she becomes unhinged trying to exact revenge, while ultimately she declares her unwavering love for her husband. The plot is a bit too convoluted for its own good. This was obvious in the reactions of audience members gasping in horror as each new character lifted a glass to their lips filled with a liquid from a flacon that had previously contained poison. The fact that the poison had been spilled out and replaced with something innocuous went over their heads.

This sort of comedy/mystery relies on good timing and a never-ending energy that propels the story forward through its lapses in believability. There is some good energy onstage, particularly in the lead performance of Julie Resh as Marsha Gilmore, but timing only intermittently hits on all cylinders. Director Tom Strong has gathered a cast together, gotten them to learn their lines, and blocked them so that sightlines are generally good. In community theatre, that's sometimes the best you get. Here, with mysteriously dimming lighting and bobbled sound effects by "A.N. Other," the effect is of a production that has not jelled. When an actor jumps a couple of lines and blithely responds to a cue that hasn't been given yet, you know that each individual is working in his own little world.

Set and costumes are fine, although they barely suggest the apartment and wardrobe of a millionaire. Of course, this is a world in which a millionaire and a working stiff live across the hall from one another. And in this production, the performances are as disjointed as the script. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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