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IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR MURDER presented by Northern Kentucky University through April 25 as part of the Y.E.S Festival of New Plays. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Sunday performance.
It may not have happened at Albuquerque, but this play took several wrong turns that it never quite recovered from.
Perhaps the intent was to write a zany-comedy murder-mystery. What was on stage was the cast of a murder-mystery and the cast of a zany-comedy, dropped into the same production. These two extremes never meshed together.
Kudos to the young cast for giving their best effort. There were times when they seemed to flounder on stage, making me wish director Terry Powell had stepped in with a stronger hand.
The only advice I can give to the cast is to work their characterizations to meet a bit more in the middle and to ground the character’s reactions a bit more in reality.
My rating: 3.25 out of 5
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