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Plays by Agatha Christie
Among Agatha Christie's many plays are "The Mousetrap" (the longest running play in the English language), "Witness for the Prosecution," and "Ten Little Indians."

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mike morgan - 06:35pm Jun 17, 1998 PST(#14 of 33)

Has anyone read Christie's play "The Hollow"? What are your thoughts about how this show differs from her others?

Carolyn - 08:56pm Jul 4, 1998 PST(#15 of 33)

I have read and seen Ten Little Indians and The Wittness for the Prosecution. I have also read The Hollow, Mousetrap, and several others. Ten Little Indians was one of my favorites. I would be interested in hearing from other Agatha Chrisie junkies. Has anyone else noticed Poirot or Miss Marple were always cut out of the novel turned plays? Maybe I am wrong but I am pretty sure they are not included in any of them.

Katrina Wilkerson - 01:06pm Jul 23, 1998 PST(#16 of 33)

I absolutely love mystery plays! I was cast in Nightwatch in high school, and have been hooked since. Our local theatre company has done two Chrisite plays. However, the anti-climatic part is that they always put them on in the spring. (They do musicals in the fall - how backwards!) My ideal mystery play setting is deep autumn, in Galena or New England. Does anyone else care to share their time of the year/setting preferences?

mike morgan - 09:19am Sep 5, 1998 PST(#17 of 33)

Yes, I prefer fall/winter mysteries, at least when they're set in regions where the weather is chilly and grey. I think that kind of atmosphere makes for a more cozy setting, as though the characters are isolated by their situations and the very world around them.

Katrina Wilkerson - 07:28am Sep 25, 1998 PST(#18 of 33)

Wow, Mike! Thanks for responding! I thought I might have permanently stiffled the flow of discussion with the "season setting" suggestion. I just feel that, when considering production of a Christie play, a theatre troupe has to realize that most mystery lovers are at their best in autumn. Did Christie write a play that is best to view in spring or summer? Any opinions?

mike morgan - 07:33am Oct 17, 1998 PST(#19 of 33)

Sorry, Katrina, about taking so long to reply. Work has been very trying of late, and my free time has been taken up with a novel I've written. At any rate, I can't think of any Christie plays offhand that are best set in the spring or summer, though I suppose a talented director and designer can pull anything off. I'll keep thinking about it, but I still think mysteries are better in the fall. As for books, I do find Laurence Sandsers' Archie McNally series, set in palm beach, works best in summer, though even those can work in other seasons, as well. Let's face it: a brightly lit stage with characters clad in tennis clothes and sun hats just isn't as mysterious as dim rooms with gaslight and enigmatic characters entering and making the audience wait for an explanation while they remove their coats and hats and scarves. What a great suspense tool!

Rich Weill - 12:15pm Oct 17, 1998 PST(#20 of 33)

I guess the above explains a lot: both of the stage thrillers I have written are set in June (a great month for thunderstorms, and rental cottages). No wonder they remain unproduced.

mike morgan - 05:11pm Oct 18, 1998 PST(#21 of 33)

Rich, where are your plays set, and what part of the country do you live in? When you mentioned thunderstorms, it got me thinking about a few plays I've seen that were set in warmer weather, though these plays were actually mystery spoofs: A Dark and Stormy Night and Murder in the Magnolias, both by Tim Kelly. Still, they were both very eeerie pieces, with lots of storms and whatnot, and very effective. I guess I shouldn't say mysteries are only efefctive in the winetrtime, that's just my personal preference, since I grew up in Piedmont North Carolina near the Virginia border, the weather there in the winter can be rather stifling and rough. The summer weather (especially where I live now, on the South Carolina coast) can be extremely dangerous in the summertime, which can add to a mystery's flavor but is, honestly, such a force in and of itself that I tend to think of it as an entity rather than backdrop.

Katrina Wilkerson - 03:09pm Nov 6, 1998 PST(#22 of 33)

Well, autumn is in full swing, and our local theatre company is doing Noises Off ( a great comedy for the Spring). Where is a good Agatha Christie play when you need one?!?

mike morgan - 06:53am Nov 8, 1998 PST(#23 of 33)

I know what you mean. it seems a lot of community theaters are going for the easy money-maker with musicals the last few years. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I wonder if the mystery play is suffering because the decline in tickete sales over the years has made troupes wary of producing non-musicals. Actually, one of the companies here in Myrtle Beach is doing The Mousetrap in January.

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