Northwest Classical Theatre Co.
December 22, 2005; closes January 14, 2005
Classic (read: dated) murder-mystery problematic to stage effectively for modern audiences — intrigue shallow as characters, creating grave directorial challenge: follow museum-piece reality? or find new, perhaps offbeat, style? Acting-by-stage-directions production didn’t unravel sufficient suspense to raise hackles, far less solve rewarding climax. Shoebox space, however, cozy addition to Portland venues.