FUGUE FOR TEN BODIES: Thoughts on Directing And Then There Were None

Last night was opening night for And Then There Were None, which I directed at the high school where I have been teaching drama for the past twenty-four years. I have been living with this production in my head for the past twelve months, and I approached it with mixed feelings of excitement and concern. … Continue reading FUGUE FOR TEN BODIES: Thoughts on Directing And Then There Were None

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ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE: Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide

People accuse Agatha Christie of creating shallow characters all the time. Truth to tell, she often worked with character “types,” and one could find variations on the same rakish ex-soldier, hearty doctor, dry solicitor, club bore, self-serving vixen, dimwitted serving girl (usually named Gladys), dithery or incompetent mother, and so on, in many of her … Continue reading ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE: Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide

“THE LOOK ON A PERSON’S FACE”: Christie’s Murder Is Easy

1939 marked the conclusion of the most prolific decade of Agatha Christie’s career. Coming off nine straight novels in a row featuring her Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (including the classics The A.B.C. Murders and Death on the Nile), Christie ended this streak with two stand-alone mysteries that shared one trait – both were concerned with … Continue reading “THE LOOK ON A PERSON’S FACE”: Christie’s Murder Is Easy