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LALT presents 'Go Back for Murder'

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Details of a 16-year-old murder are revealed

By Special to the Monitor

A man lies on the floor, partially covered in a sheet and still clutching a glass and paintbrush. The room’s remaining occupants are shocked into stunned silence and unable to form a coherent thought. Clearly the man on the floor is dead, but how did he meet his end? More importantly, who is the killer? Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder” explores the answer to this pivotal question, along with hints of a mysterious cover-up. Audiences attending upcoming performances of “Go Back for Murder” at the Los Alamos Little Theatre will soon have the opportunity to work out the shadowy details surrounding this compelling murder mystery.
The past week’s series of “whodunit” articles has introduced select characters that were present on the day of the murder, along with their understanding of “the truth.” These individuals are all somehow connected to the murdered painter Amyas Crale (Don Monteith), and include his wife, mistress, relatives and friends. The details that have been revealed thus far are only the beginning: in “Go Back for Murder,” every remaining mysterious, suspenseful and shocking detail will be uncovered.
“Go Back for Murder” follows Carla Le Marchant (Linda Taylor), whose mother Caroline Crale (also portrayed by Linda Taylor), was convicted of murdering a man named Amyas, 16 years prior. Just before her own death in prison, Caroline wrote a letter to Carla in which she professed her innocence. Now about to be married and concerned about following in her mother’s footsteps, Carla sets out to vindicate Caroline by searching for Amyas’ true murderer.
Carla encounters many of the individuals present near the place and time of the murder, including Amyas’ former mistress Elsa (Sandra Ward), and Caroline’s half-sister Angela Warren (Katelyn Skeen/Chris Monteith). Brothers Meredith and Phillip Blake (Stuart Schaller and Todd Graves, respectively) have mixed feelings of sympathy and hostility towards Caroline, while Angela’s former caretaker Miss Williams (Claire Singleton), is quite convinced of her guilt. After holding intriguing conversations with all of these individuals, Carla is convinced that the only way to solve the mystery is to “relive” the day of the murder with the entire group.
Further insight results from the scene, then shifting to 16 years prior. Now 16 years younger, Elsa, Angela, Meredith, Phillip and Miss Williams reappear, join Caroline, and the true nature of their relationships with Amyas is revealed. With the help of recollection, personal admissions, fact-finding and unbelievable twists and turns, audiences will have the unique opportunity to vote for the true murderer — to be revealed at the end of the performance.
This Agatha Christie classic is sure to be full of “edge of your seat” moments as the characters’ deepest, darkest secrets are uncovered. In addition to the all-star cast (also featuring Russ Hopper, Jody Shepard, John Cullinan, and Paul Lewis), director Dennis Powell and producer Chris Weaver bring an atmosphere of barely-contained suspense to the Los Alamos stage. Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder” will surely not disappoint as a night of entertainment, surprise and mystery.
“Go Back for Murder” continues its run at the Little Theatre with performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 8, 14, 21 and 22 and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and are available for advance purchase at CB Fox and also at the door 45 minutes before each performance.