Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Asolo Repertory Theatre

Performances run through April 25th.

By: Apr. 14, 2024
Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Asolo Repertory Theatre
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"Dial M for Murder", by Frederick Knott is a classic thriller play that was most famously adopted by Alfred Hitchcock. The plot revolves around the character of Tony Wendice, a former professional writer who discovers that his wealthy wife, Margot Wendice, may be having an affair. In the spirit of revenge Tony plans the perfect murder, in order to inherit her massive fortune and the maintain his opulent lifestyle.

Tony blackmails an old squirrely acquaintance into carrying out the murder while he sets up an airtight alibi. The plan takes an unexpected turn when Margot ends up killing the intruder in self-defense. As the police investigate the scene, Inspector Hubbard begins to unravel the intricate web of lies and deceit that Tony has spun. The tension escalates as Tony desperately tries to cover his tracks and frame his wife for murder. Secrets are exposed, loyalties are tested, and the thrilling cat-and-mouse game reaches a dramatic climax as the truth behind the murder plot is revealed.

In the recent production of "Dial M for Murder" at Asolo Rep Theatre, Jeffrey Hatcher adds some new twists and turns that amp up this classic tale. Tony Carter delivers a captivating performance as Tony Wendice. His portrayal was nuanced and engaging, effectively drawing the audience into the intricate web of deception and betrayal that unfolds on stage. Carter's commanding stage presence and dynamic delivery brought depth to the character, making his motives and actions all the more intriguing. He is such a great villain!

Additionally, Mark Benninghofen as Inspector Hubbard is perfectly cast. He epitomizes the disheveled law-enforcement officer, who ends up being the helping hero in the end. The juxtaposition of Tony and Hubbard, Tony in his finery, though we know he is an absolute creep and Hubbard, who seems rather daunted and dim(it is obviously just and act!), contribute to the overall suspense and tension of the play, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats throughout.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the suspense, drama, and intrigue of “Dial M for Murder” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Afternoon and Evening Shows are still available through April 25th. 


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