BWW Reviews: GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER Is Getting Away With Fun
Boise Little Theater presents Steven Sondheim and George Furth's GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER. The director, Curtis Ransom, in his speech let the audience know that there will be a second act, later we would find out why.
The set was ingenious. I don't know, it's probably a borrowed idea, but I thought it was ingenious. It was a two level set with a back hall upstage with a door leading down stage with an office and a room with couches and chairs. There is also a section of Central Park on the upper level. The walls are all half or non-existent, except for the exterior walls around the stage so you can still tell the action that is happening while seeing all areas. This helps the audience with the quick scene changes that now can just happen with the lights and helps you to remember that the action is entirely on this upper floor of the building.
The actors are all superb. Anyone who is a regular at Boise Little Theater (BLT) can tell you, many are veterans of the BLT stage, even the director. The characters they are portraying are, as we find out, the seven deadly sins. Some of the characters are minorities and those can be tough to cast here in Boise, but they were able to make it work. The only complaint was that sometimes the accents were hard to understand, especially when they were higher pitched.
This show is not a comedy; it is a murder mystery drama. However, in the first act everything appears to be wrapped up. But you find out more detail and get into the psyche of the characters. It is an interesting twist to how to tell a story and made me thankful for the director's speech to remind me to stay for act 2. The talk during intermission was more a wondering what was going to fill up an entire second act rather than plot points.
If you are into mysteries, with a few moments of comedic relief, this is the show for you.
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER produced by Boise Little Theater will play at 100 E Fort Street in Boise, Idaho 83712 from present -October 25, 26, November 1 & 2, 8:00pm: October 24, & 31, 7:30pm: October 27 & November 2, 2:00pm. To get tickets visit http://boiselittletheater.org/tickets/
Photo Credit: Boise Little Theater logo borrowed from their website