The Unexpected Guest OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 11, 2015
    Closing:
    May 10, 2015

    Theater: Clurman Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    On a dark and foggy evening, a lost stranger seeks refuge in a nearby country estate only to discover that he has stumbled onto the scene of a murder. When the dead man’s wife confesses to the crime, the sympathetic stranger agrees to provide her with an alibi. But who is this Unexpected Guest really protecting? Agatha Christie’s delicious tour de force features a dazzling cast of characters with a dizzying array of twists and turns. You are truly kept guessing until the very end.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Unexpected Guest

    ‘The Unexpected Guest,’ From Agatha Christie, Dispenses With a Bully

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    April 22, 2015: The actors weren’t even onstage yet when a man behind me tried to guess the culprit in Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest.” Clues were scarce, but he deduced what he could from the set: a wainscoted room with French windows, a cane-back wheelchair parked in front of them. The killer, he declared, would be the person in the wheelchair — unless the person in the wheelchair was the one who turned up dead. Bingo on that second prediction, but please don’t bother pitying the victim. When Richard Warwick is discovered late one night, shot through the head at his home on the Welsh coast, even his elderly mother isn’t terribly torn up about it. The not-so-dearly departed was a sadistic bully. Loads of people had reasons to want him gone. Theater Breaking Through Barriers employs artists with and without disabilities, and fighting stereotypes is central to its mission. “The Unexpected Guest” (1958) includes one character described by the woman of the house as deaf, and another — Richard’s teenage half brother, Jan (Christopher Imbrosciano) — as “what they call retarded.” Ike Schambelan, the troupe’s founding artistic director, who died of cancer in February, had staged the play before and was set to direct this production.

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