Curtains

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at Scottsdale's Desert Stages Will Catch You

The setup: Agatha Christie may not have been the first mystery writer to maroon a bunch of strangers in a house together, tell them one of them is a murderer and some of the rest of them are potential victims, and then just let the secrets and paranoia do all the work. But she was definitely a master of those time-honored tricks of the genre.

The Mousetrap, a play Christie wrote based on her own radio script and short story, has been running in London's West End, currently at St. Martin's Theatre, since 1952 -- 25,000 performances and counting. It's currently also playing at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, and they've already extended the run once, so I suppose 60-plus years is possible, but I wouldn't hold my breath. (The show's not bad at all, but I don't hold my breath in general.)

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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