And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, also published as Ten Little Indians, is a murder mystery about ten strangers who are summoned to Indian Island by a strange Mr. Owens, someone none of them know personally. What happens next is a classic whodunnit, with plenty of twists and turns. The tale by Dame Christie is now being put on at the Rhode Theatre in downtown Kenosha. Seeing as how the book is one of my favorites, I decided to check out the play this past Saturday.
The overall atmosphere of the play was reminiscent to the novel. Both the costumes and the set stayed true to the time period. At times, some of the actors seemed a bit awkward on stage, but after the first couple acts everything seemed to even out. There was also some trouble concerning accents. The play and novel take place in England, but only a couple of the actors had a sort of English accent (and sometimes their accent would dwindle as the play moved forward and then pick back up at odd times). Some of the actors had no accents, while a couple had accents that didn’t really stay true to the setting of the play. But, this fact didn’t affect the play too much.
For the most part, the actors stayed true to the characters they were playing. The General and the Judge were both well done; they got the mannerisms and certain quirks of the characters down, which helped them give a strong performance, and the actress who played Ms. Emily Brent portrayed the character fabulously. I liked the interactions between the characters Vera Claythorne and Captain Lombard, the actors stayed true to the relationship between the two characters in the novel. They were humorous and I loved the scenes they were in (both together and apart). The ending, however, was far different, which I thought sort of odd because I loved the ending in the book.
One of the things I loved most about the play was also loved by one of the actors: James Hoffman III. “I love the dark comedy in the play,” he told me, something to which I definitely agree. One of the best things about the novel is how there’s a well written undertone of comedy to the dark situation happening to these ten people, something which came across strong in the play.
Overall, I had a good time. I would definitely recommend checking it out before the Rhodie moves on to the next play. Remaining show times are: Friday and Saturday (the 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (the 19th) at 2 p.m.
Upcoming shows at the Rhode Theatre are: War of the Worlds, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Foreigner.