‘Murder Among Friends’ an ideal fall treat

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The mystery “Murder Among Friends” debuts Friday night at the Old Opera House (below). Says director Susan Thornton: “The person who ends up killed isn’t who you think.”

The mystery “Murder Among Friends” debuts Friday night at the Old Opera House (below). Says director Susan Thornton: “The person who ends up killed isn’t who you think.”

CHARLES TOWN — With Halloween around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a witty murder mystery, according to Susan Thornton.

Thornton will direct the Old Opera House’s latest production, “Murder Among Friends,” beginning Friday.

What makes “Murder Among Friends” by Bob Barry stand out from other murder mysteries, she says, is that it isn’t as well known, making its plot a satisfying surprise for audience members.

“People aren’t going to know which twists and turns it’s going to take next,” she says.

The folks at Old Opera House are good at finding shows that most people aren’t familiar with, she says.

In fact, when she was approached to direct “Murder Among Friends,” she says, she had to read it for the first time — and found the script kept her on edge.

The plot centers on a modern-day New York City apartment on New Year’s Eve, and the small cast includes an actor husband, his rich wife, his wife’s lover and the few people they’ve invited over for the festivities.

During the night, the wife is plotting to kill her husband while at the same time the husband plans to kill the wife, Thornton says. “But the person who ends up killed isn’t who you think,” she says.

Because of some language and content, the Old Opera House has labeled it PG-14, Thornton says.

Challenges for the cast have included the timing and placement of prop guns and gunshot sound effects as well as lots of wine bottles and glasses.

“There’s a lot of drinking in the play,” Thornton says.

For Thornton, a Maryland resident who has twice directed shows at Old Opera House in the past, the mixture of veteran cast members is a new group for her, but she says she always adores working at the theater.

The feeling is mutual. “Working with Susan Thornton is always a treat,” said the Old Opera House’s managing/artistic director Steven Brewer. “She is a talented director who is always in high demand.

Cast members include Bettina Fiery, Robert Allen, Dan Rice, CJ Stevens, Eileen Elliott and Troy Crossley.

Friday’s opening performance begins at 8 p.m.

 

Want to go?

What: “Murder Among Friends” by Bob Barry

Where: The Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with more performances next weekend

Cost: $19 for evening performances, $17 for matinees, $10 for students

For more: To reserve a seat or get more information, call 304-725-4420.

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