Murder on the Orient Express – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Murder on the Orient Express mystery play by Agatha Christie at Tacoma Little Theatre. Once again, detective Poirot surprised me w/ the reveal at the end. Impressive rotating stage & digital background especially for community theatre. Varied accents. Loved the stereotypical portrayal of Americans. #whodunit

Synopsis from the Theatre: Eight suspects, one thrilling ride with this new adaptation by Ken Ludwig! Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again. Join Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this sleek, stylish, and surprisingly comedic murder mystery.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Recommendation: See it if you like murder mysteries!

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now?: Yes if it was produced by an Equity Theatre

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4.25 stars

Other Thought(s)

  • Did the 10/23/22 actor portraying the train attendant or the conductor feel ill during the big reveal? They were acting strangely and had to sit. I wasn’t sure if it was part of the script.
  • I wished the brutish/thugish American tycoon had more lines! He was great.

Theatre Company : Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Price: Cheap

Dates: October 21 – November 6, 2022

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking and Cost: Mostly street parking. I usually like to park one block away on North Yakima Ave. Season ticket holders and donors have a free parking lot access agreement.

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Other Video/Pictures: Scroll under the table below. Photos in the video and photos under the video are by Dennis K Photography

Cast and Production Team Leadership:

Writer Book by Agatha Christie Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Director Melanie Gladstone
Stage Manager Ellie Rutt
Hercule Poirot Craig Rock
Monsieur Bouc Jacob Tice
Mary Debenham Andrea Gordon
Hector Macqueen Ton Williams
Michel the Conductor Alan Plaster
Princess Dragomiroff Rosalie Hilburn
Greta Ohlsson Marisa-Clare Hissey
Countess Andrenyi Canae Machelle Gray
Helen Hubbard Jenifer Gillis Rifenbery
Colonel Arbuthnot Brandon Fair
Samuel Ratchett (Understudy Poirot/Michel/Colonel) Josh Johnson
Head Waiter (Understudy Macqueen/Bouc) Josie DeRosier
Understudy Princess/Helen Haylee Gregory
Understudy Greta/Countess/Mary Jean-Michele Gregory
@showsiveseen#Murder on the Orient Express” #mystery #play by #AgathaChristie at @tacomalittletheatre. Once again, #Detective #Poirot suprised me w/ the reveal at the end. Impressive rotating stage & digital background especially for community #theatre. Varied accents. Loved the stereotypical portrayal of Americans. Review & Photo Credit: tinyurl.com/yc27zhzv #whodunit ♬ The Locomotion – Little Eva
Princess Dragomiroff (Rosalie HIlburn) & Greta (Marissa-Clare HIssey)
Helen (Jenifer Gillis-Rifenbery) & MacQueen (Ton Williams)
Ratchett (Josh Johnson) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
MacQueen (Ton Williams) & Ratchett (Josh Johnson)
Helen (Jenifer Gillis-Rifenbery) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Bouc (Jacob Tice) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
Ratchett (Josh Johnson) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Poirot (Craig Rock) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)
Bouc (Jacob Tice) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
The cast of Murder on the Orient Express
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Poirot (Craig Rock) & Greta (Marissa-Clare Hissey)
Poirot (Craig Rock) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)

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