But nothing is what it seems in this comic murder mystery. Just when the audience is completely distracted by laughter, the plot takes one of many almost magical twists and we feel that we have been clandestinely attacked by a band of very entertaining guerrilla fighters, stripped naked and left to laugh at ourselves for not seeing it coming.
Adding to the mystery and comedy is the Irish alcoholic, Major Powell (John Anthony Nolan) who Evelyn contracts to murder his brother. Nolan was last seen in the part of The Common Man in Ross Valley Players’ A Man For All Seasons. Born in London of Irish parents, Nolan adds a twist of Irish whiskey humor to the cutting acerbic taste of this English comedy.
Another plus is Marilyn Krieger Hughes who plays Evelyn’s lonely landlady with a sexual abandon that keeps Evelyn on the run. Hughes, who is both an actress and playwright, recently won first prize for her play Cosmetic Counter at the Marin Fringe Festival.
This is the most entertaining Corpse you’re likely to see, at least while you’re still alive. For tickets or more information call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.org.
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