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October 3, 2006 > Whodunwhat?


by Vidya Pradhan

Broadway West, Fremont's own little theatre gem, presents 'Accomplice', a comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes.

Set in a lonely mansion in the English countryside, it starts as an old fashioned thriller about an adulterous wife who wants to bump off her aging husband for a young lover.  Or is it? From there on, the plot rapidly goes on a roller-coaster with the audience scrambling to keep up. A standard whodunit progresses to a 'whodunwhat?' and eventually to 'Huh?' as the mind boggles. One would think that a play with just four characters would run out of plot permutations. But truly creative writing by Holmes keeps you guessing till the last 5 minutes, an amazing feat.
There are plenty of throwaway one liners to keep the audience entertained on this wild ride:
Janet: You don't get enough exercise.
Derek: Oh yes I do. I've been wrestling with my conscience for a long time.

The cast does a good job with these zingers, handling plot twists and comic timing deftly. James Hiser and Michele Leavy turn in excellent performances as the scheming John and Janet (if indeed that's who they are). Able support comes from Todd Wright and Amanda Mitchell (if that's who you'll get to see).

This cleverly plotted thriller has had the distinction of having won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Rupert Holmes earlier earned acclaim for his award-winning 1986 play 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' where the audience was invited to make up the end of the play. In the 'Accomplice' as well, the audience has a starring role (the central role, one might even say!) Prepare for an evening of great fun at this genre-bending play. Don't plan any bathroom breaks and hang on to your playbill. And that's as much of a clue that you're going to get!

For mature audiences only.

Performances, which began on September 22, are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, till October 21. Performance times are 8 p.m. There are two Sunday matinees to come - October 8 and 15. Performances begin with continental brunch (included in price of ticket) at 12:15 p.m. and the show begins at 1 p.m. The October 15 performance starts at 1 p.m. with English tea, sandwiches and scones during intermission (included in price of ticket).

Regular ticket prices are $20 general and $15 for Students and Seniors.
Thursday performances are $15 for everyone.
Sunday performances are $20 for everyone.
All ticket prices include refreshments.

Broadway West Theatre Company
4000-B Bay Street, Fremont
Reservations and Information: (510) 683-9218.

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