Murder, Margaret and Me
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A cozy little space, a mysterious woman, a foggy suggestion of death in the air—this is a case for Miss Marple! Luckily, she's here, perspicacious as ever behind her knitting needles and twinkly, harmless-spinster demeanor. (“That glint in her eye? Solid steel.”) So, for that matter, is the woman who created her, the imperious English mystery novelist Agatha Christie; and so is the woman who first played her on film (to great success), the galumphing actress Margaret Rutherford, whose comedic haleness masks a secret fragility. In this production, which played in London before arriving at the Fringe, all three women are portrayed by Janet Prince, with delightful wit and command. Although the central mystery of Philip Meeks’s brief drama—a tragic scandal from Rutherford’s past—is not quite on Christie’s level, its characters are drawn sharply and engagingly. If you enjoy a brisk sip of Anglophilia now and then, this should be your cup of tea.—Adam Feldman
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