September 13, 1990 |
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.
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)
June 15, 1990 |
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?
June 16, 2011 |
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.
April 19, 1991 |
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)
January 27, 2012 |
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.
November 28, 1991 |
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.
October 5, 2006 |
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.
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)