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.
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
- 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
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.
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|
|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