Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Review Highlights: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Grand Canyon University

David Loewen, Jasmine Coxey, and Cooper Townley
Photo by Ralph Freso

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through December 1

"Playwright Ken Ludwig is probably best known for his Tony-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor and his Tony-winning book for Crazy for You. Since he is known mostly for comedies, it was interesting to hear that the estate of Agatha Christie approached him to write the stage adaptation of Christie's 1934 novel, "Murder on the Orient Express." It turns out the decision to hire Ludwig was wise as the end result, which premiered in 2017, is one that Christie fans and lovers of stage thrillers will most likely find thrilling, humorous, and entirely enjoyable. Grand Canyon University's production is marvelous. The cast of young adults deliver rich performances, including excellent accent work, portraying this international cast of potential suspects, accompanied by sharp direction and gorgeous creative aspects....
The fun in any thriller is trying to figure out who the murderer is, and Ludwig ensures his adaptation doesn't get in the way of the taut mystery that Christie crafted by adding any unnecessary business. ...
Director Michael Kary's pacing is brisk, with a wonderful range of clear and precise accents from his cast and a great musical underscore that keeps the tension high during the scene changes..."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

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