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Theatre Review: Agatha Christie’s ”Mousetrap” at The Walnut

(Paul L. Nolan, Eric Bryant, Harry Smith, and Jennie Eisenhower in a scene from "The Mousetrap," at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

(Paul L. Nolan, Eric Bryant, Harry Smith, and Jennie Eisenhower in a scene from “The Mousetrap,” at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

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By Bob Nelson
KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “The Mousetrap,” the knockabout Agatha Christie thriller, is celebrating its 60th anniversary as the world’s longest-running thriller, and a timeless fixture of mystery and melodrama.

A number of productions have been licensed throughout the years, but now the Walnut Street Theatre is stirring audiences in our area.

The play has eight characters, including a police detective, gathered on a storm-tossed winter’s night in a newly purchased British manor house.

There’s suspicion of violence and murder as tempers flare and characters develop, especially that of manager Molly Ralston, played by the talented Jennie Eisenhower (far right in photo), familiar in these parts as actor, teacher, and choreographer.

There’s anger and suspicion as various characters strut their stuff and one becomes a murder victim.

“The Mousetrap” runs on at length until the villain is exposed and the audience witnesses an overdue curtain call.

“The Mousetrap” will be at The Walnut through March 4th.

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