Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted "Edgar" award and written by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, Accomplice comes to Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre, Stamford, beginning November 1.
Accomplice has thrilled audiences on Broadway, across the United States, and around the world in a theatrical roller coaster of twists and turns that might make Agatha Christie put down her pen. Like earlier Broadway thrillers, Accomplice is never what it seems to be, but also adds humor.
“Accomplice is one of those shows I’ve wanted to do for quite a while,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director and producer for the show. “And I’m thrilled to have Joel Fenster directing it…a director who has a great passion for the piece,” Ursone added. Fenster has directed numerous Agatha Christie mysteries for the Stamford theatre company and has been in communication with author Holmes on some updates and changes to the script.
Like Ursone, Fenster has been a mystery fan most of his life. “Good stage mysteries are hard to find,” said Fenster. “Once you get past the best of Christie, Deathtrap and Sleuth, what is left?” Fenster added. That’s where Accomplice comes in.
It’s hard to describe Accomplice without giving away the game. It may look and feel like a typical comedy-mystery-thriller set in the English countryside, but it is much more than that. It keeps the audience guessing and just when they think they may have figured it out, twists the story in a new direction to start the game over. Note: the show contains adult themes and female nudity, so it’s not appropriate for all audiences.
The best thrillers keep the audience on the edge of their seats wondering what is going to happen next. Like an onion, it slowly peels the layers back revealing more depth and intrigue (assuming you find onions intriguing). And an audience is always trying to out-guess a good mystery. They want to know that they were one step ahead of the game all along. “Accomplice turns that concept on its head,” said Fenster.
According to Fenster, “The cast and crew have been having a blast during rehearsals as we try to make sure all the layers of this ‘onion’ are given the justice and complexity that author Rupert Holmes has embedded in them. I think audiences will love a show like this, which in the tradition of the best of mysteries, keeps them on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next.”
The cast for Accomplice includes Rob Hunt, Carol Shwidock, Warncke and Patricia White, with understudies: Ann Alford and Paul Del Gatto. Production design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr., costumes by Helen Adams and stage management by Regina Butler, Beth Jackson and Laurie Logan-Priscott.
Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM, beginning September 20 and continuing through October 7. The Dressing Room Theatre is located at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Seating is cabaret-style with a BYOEverything format. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.5 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. Box Office: 203-461-6358 x 36 or on the web at www.curtaincallinc.com.
Curtain Call's 28th season also includes Elf the Musical, A Merry Mulberry Street Musical, Shakespeare in Love, Big River and many more full-scale productions, as well as concerts, comedy nights, and interactive murder mysteries. Additional information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207.
Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops for all ages are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of the Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2018. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.