Getting away with laughter and applause

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:49 am

Sitting (from left) are Christina Thompson and Katherine Ballentine Shepherd; standing (from left) are Frank Connelly, Sean Thompson, Marcia Peters, Dan Peters and Michael Bruner.

Sitting (from left) are Christina Thompson and Katherine Ballentine Shepherd; standing (from left) are Frank Connelly, Sean Thompson, Marcia Peters, Dan Peters and Michael Bruner.

The Westmoreland Players current production, “Getting Away with Murder” isn’t so much a “whodunit” as a “Howcome he dunit” because the killer is pretty well established by the end of the first act. That makes the play more interesting than the usual search for the butler in a room full of suspects.
Joy Evans, who co-directed the show with her husband, Glenn, called the play the Players’ “murder and mayhem show” in her welcoming remarks. Indeed it is. By the time it’s over there are 11 stiffs. Two throttled, two down an elevator shaft, one bludgeoned, five shot and one blown up in the demolition of a building. The real mystery to the show is why the killer does it and how is he or she is going to get away with it. (Well, in fairness to the killer, he or she only kills 10 of the victims.)
Usually, there is at least an actor or two who are really sort of clunky. That simply isn’t so in “Getting Away with Murder.” The entire large cast is…

—Read the full story in the March 12 issue of the Northumberland Echo, on stands now!

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