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September 13, 1990 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A country gentleman is found dead, an apparent suicide. Or was it murder? A valuable necklace is stolen under mysterious circumstances. Top-secret plans for a new bomber are missing. Mon dieu! Call for the little gray cells of the redoubtable Belgian inspector, Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie's famous fictitious detective saves the day on a host of audio releases from Listen for Pleasure. The company has 19 titles (each three hours, $14.95) by Dame Agatha, each offering one or more short stories - each unabridged.
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March 13, 2016
* AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Fans of British mysteries might not expect to find the U.S. premiere of a newly adapted Agatha Christie classic on Lifetime. But here it is, spread over two nights and featuring a terrific cast - including Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill - as the people mysteriously brought together in an island mansion. A new comedy stars Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld ) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) as a couple ready to revel in their empty nest when their daughters (Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino)
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June 15, 1990 | By Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
Agatha Christie died 15 years ago, but that doesn't mean Christie Mysteries Inc. came screeching to a halt. Her fans were reluctant to say goodbye to an incredibly popular and prolific mystery writer. And more likely, clever writers and producers were happy to pick up the profitable work where Christie left off. Books by the famous British author are still being made into movies ("Death on the Nile," "Evil Under the Sun"). Her characters still, like Ian Fleming's James Bond, or Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, pop up in movies and TV programs that the authors never dreamt of. So we have "Murder by the Book," which has its U.S. premiere on cable's Arts & Entertainment channel Sunday evening at 8. It's not an obscure Christie mystery, but another writer's flight of fancy, which takes off from an interesting question: What if one of Christie's most famous characters - the brilliant, pompous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot - came to life and confronted his creator?
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June 16, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
There's much to be said for familiarity and comfort. I still have some of my Dad's golf socks from the '60s. They don't make them like that anymore. In some corners of TV, they do make them like that anymore, as Masterpiece Mystery! demonstrates with its new round of Agatha Christie tales, three Poirots and one Miss Marple. The new productions begin Sunday with M. Hercule Poirot investigating untimely deaths in fine country houses in Cornwall and Yorkshire. There have been many Marples.
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April 19, 1991 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
Agatha Christie may be gone but she sure isn't forgotten. And I don't mean just by her loyal readers. I mean by the many would-be Agatha juniors who try to emulate Christie's uniquely ingenious plots. Consider the case of Patricia Wentworth and her Miss Silver series, obviously created in transparent imitation of Christie's Miss Marple puzzles. Out of the Past by Wentworth (HarperPerennial, $5.95), first published in 1953, gives us a soft-spoken and most ladylike detective (and a professional detective, if you can believe it)
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January 27, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
That creaky sound you hear is not just a door ominously opening; it's also the plot of the legendary Agatha Christie mystery The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre. The play has been running for an astonishing 60 years - it's the world's longest-running play, and for the first time its producers are permitting productions outside London. Somehow, despite more than 24,500 performances, I managed to miss it until Wednesday night. And somehow nobody revealed the mystery's surprise solution, so look for no spoilers here.
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November 28, 1991 | By Lyn A.E. McCafferty, Special to The Inquirer
A man has been murdered at the Hollow, the English country cottage of Lord and Lady Angkatell, and a houseful of guests and servants are suspects. Was it his wife, Gerda; his mistress, Henrietta, or his old flame, Veronica Craye, who is now a movie star? Or perhaps it was Edward, who is in love with Henrietta? Maybe it was one of their hosts for the weekend. So goes the plot of this compelling Agatha Christie whodunit, The Hollow, on stage at Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley through Dec. 21. Set in the 1950s, the play takes place in the garden room of the Angkatells' house, about 18 miles from London.
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October 5, 2006 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
There are a few rules when it comes to the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery: A butler will be present, though he may or may not have dunit; secret passageways and hidden drawers will be opened and closed with abandon; and a bucolic English home will most certainly count a corpse among its guests. In its production of Christie's Spider's Web, Hedgerow Theatre also puts every other convention into the pot to brew up this frothy bit of distraction. For, as Hedgerow artistic director Penelope Reed noted, with all the real tragedy going on outside the theater walls, this season needed to be "uplifting.
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March 13, 2016
As You Like It (Lantern Theater). Two cousins in the woods - and a lot more, from the silly to the profound. Played by actors-as-musicians-as-actors. Wednesday through April 17. Heathers: The Musical (Eagle Theatre, Hammonton, N.J.) A stalker takes aim at the triple threat of Heathers who rule Westerburg High. Based on the film. Friday through April 23. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hedgerow Theatre). Adaptation of Agatha Christie's first mystery novel. Saturday through May 8. Richard III (People's Light)
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March 23, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
If The Mysterious Affair at Styles sounds like a long-winded title, well, it's a long play with a convoluted plot. With mixed success, the Hedgerow Theatre's world premiere of Jared Reed's adaptation of this, Agatha Christie's first novel, tries to enliven the plot while keeping every clue and wrinkle. Styles is a manor in Essex, where, in 1916, the widowed Emily Inglethorp (Stacy Skinner) resides with her new, decades-younger husband, Alfred (Mark Swift). Emily's two step-sons, John (Ned Pryce)
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March 20, 2016
An Octoroon (Wilma Theater). The 21st-century sensibility of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins renovates Dion Boucicault's 1859 smash-hit antebellum melodrama, about forbidden cross-racial love and its consequences. Wednesday through April 10. Peter and the Starcatcher (Walnut Theater). A prequel to the Peter Pan stories, based on the comic novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A creative romp, with quite a set. Wednesday through May 1. Rumors (Bristol Riverside Theatre). Neil Simon takes us to one of the most hilariously unprepared parties in history - and spins out of control from there.
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March 15, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, THEATER CRITIC
PRINCETON - What's a significant, trend-setting place like the McCarter Theatre Center doing with Agatha Christie's play, The Mousetrap ? Doesn't it have more miles on it than a FedEx truck? Is it suddenly so out that it's in? Oh, I see. It's The 39 Steps -meets-Airbnb. But better. Longtime McCarter artistic director Emily Mann is a recent Christie convert, and calls her an overlooked "literary genius. " Having seen the excellent new production directed by Adam Immerwahr at its Friday opening, I wouldn't go that far. But the play is more than just a prototypical whodunit, and this production - while lacking the suspense of modern thrillers - does have good laughs without the stale camp of The 39 Steps . It's a date play that allows you to respect yourself in the morning.
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March 13, 2016
* AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Fans of British mysteries might not expect to find the U.S. premiere of a newly adapted Agatha Christie classic on Lifetime. But here it is, spread over two nights and featuring a terrific cast - including Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill - as the people mysteriously brought together in an island mansion. A new comedy stars Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld ) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) as a couple ready to revel in their empty nest when their daughters (Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino)
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February 27, 2015
NOT MANY women could pull off the backless pearl gown that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars. But at least one criminal did. The morning after the big bash, the "12 Years a Slave" star left her Calvin Klein Collection dress, designed by Francisco Costa and made with 6,000 pearls over a whole month, in her room at Hollywood's The London West hotel. When she returned that evening, the $150G frock had vanished. Poof! Cops were called. Videos were examined. At press time, the thief remained at large.
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July 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his signature mustache, his perfectly pressed and folded handkerchief, and the meticulous three-piece suits that curve ever so delicately over his rather rotund belly, there's no mistaking actor David Suchet's most enduring character: Agatha Christie's private detective, Hercule Poirot. Suchet, who has portrayed the peculiar little Belgian fellow for 25 years - and 70 gorgeously produced small-screen mysteries - is letting go of the character after five final feature-length episodes.
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February 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
François Truffaut came of age during an extraordinary cultural boom in postwar France. He began his career as a film critic for the journal Cahiers du cinéma before releasing his remarkable debut feature, The 400 Blows , in 1959. He's considered one of the defining figures of the New Wave, but Truffaut's best work transcends labels, including his 1962 masterpiece Jules and Jim , which is finally available on Blu-ray in a restored edition. Considered one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim is the story of two bohemian friends, Austrian writer Jules (Oskar Werner)
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February 15, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CATHERINE Corbett could give you a look that would freeze you in place. It was a steady stare over the rim of her glasses, and it let you know that whatever you were doing or saying was unacceptable. You knew you were going to get it. It was odd, too, because normally, Catherine Corbett was a gentle, caring soul, loved by family and friends. Catherine Corbett, a 35-year surgical technician and licensed practical nurse for the North Philadelphia Health System, died of a heart condition Feb. 8. She was 74 and lived in East Germantown.
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January 27, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
That creaky sound you hear is not just a door ominously opening; it's also the plot of the legendary Agatha Christie mystery The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre. The play has been running for an astonishing 60 years - it's the world's longest-running play, and for the first time its producers are permitting productions outside London. Somehow, despite more than 24,500 performances, I managed to miss it until Wednesday night. And somehow nobody revealed the mystery's surprise solution, so look for no spoilers here.
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