All three plays feature a murder that has happened, has almost happened, or is about to happen. In The Rats, a couple having an affair are set up to make it look like they committed murder, as we watch them slowly unravel the scheme. The Patient features a woman who suffered a fall and is unable to speak or move, but her doctor and the detective figure out a way to question her to try to determine if she fell or was pushed by one of a number of suspects, all gathered in the room. Finally, one of Christie's most famous characters Hercule Poirot (the utterly delightful Bob Davis) attempts to stop a murder before in happens in The Wasp's Nest.
|Peter Christian Hansen and Audrey Park in the '50s-set
The Rats (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)
|H. Adam Harris, Bob Davis, Rajané Katurah, and Sara
Richardson in the '30s The Patient (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)
Agatha Christie: Rule of Thumb continues through August 25. Pro tip: try for the $20 rush tickets, and visit the new St. Paul location of The Loon Cafe before or after the show, in the space next door to the theater previously occupied by Great Waters Brewing.
|Bob Davis and Rajané Katurah in The Wasp's Next
circa 1910 (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)