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Agatha Christie's whodunit premieres at LATL on Halloween

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One by one, until they are all gone: the story is of 10 people who find themselves trapped on an island. All have some guilt on their hands, and one at a time they begin to die. The story is set in late 1930s in Devon, a small island off the coast of England.
Los Alamos Little Theater presents the Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None” beginning on Halloween night and continues through Nov. 22.
This is the second Agatha Christie show for director Dennis Powell. According to Powell, Agatha Christie is an incredibly interesting and creative author.
Christie is half American, as her father was a New York stockbroker. As the youngest of three children she was doted on, and when of age she was sent to several finishing schools in Paris. Ultimately, she authored 80 detective novels and several romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
Her plots are masterfully crafted, and her book “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was voted the best all-time crime novel by the Crime Writers Association. Her book “And Then There Were None” is one of the best selling novels of all time.
Despite getting the clues, readers (or viewers) often are left guessing as to “who did it” until the final denouement.
There have been several film adaptations of “And Then There Were None,” but Powell feels that few of these film versions do justice to the original script. In this production, people have the chance to see the show much as Christie wrote it, without the embellishment of scriptwriters and film locations. Powell hopes that audience members will say that the play was better than the movie. This is partly because there is something about live theater that tends to bring the audience into close identification with the cast, so that the emotional roller coaster carries both cast and audience to the final destination.
In the play, some violence is shown onstage, though most of the grisly murders occur off stage. In the course of the plot, three loud gunshots will be heard. The language in the play is quite tame by modern standards.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday until Nov. 22. $14 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased at CB Fox, online at lalt.org, or at the door before each performance. The theater is located at 1670 Nectar Street.