WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents the Agatha Christie play “The Hollow” (1951), based on her book of the same name, directed by Ernest Williams and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc..

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Sept. 14-15; 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Dinner theater is 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Sermon Center Powerhouse Theatre, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors age 60-older and students with a current student ID. They can be purchased at the box office, online at www.citytheatreofindependence.org or by calling 816-325-7367. Dinner theater tickets are $30.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into a whodunnit murder one weekend at The Hollow, the home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, whose often disjointed statements lead to both amusement and confusion. The lothario Dr. Cristow, visiting for the weekend with his wife, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor Henrietta (Henry's younger cousin) and his former lover and Hollywood film star Veronica, who tries to convince Cristow to leave his wife. Also visiting are Edward (who loves his second-cousin Henrietta) and Henry's other cousin Midge (who secretly loves Edward). As the romantic associations grow, so does the list of potential suspects when Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive, but only one of them did the deed. (From samuelfrench.com and agathachristie.com)


Character: Actor

Henrietta Angkatell: Heather Ives

Sir Henry Angkatell: Paul Hough

Lady Lucy Angkatell: Joy Richardson

Gudgeon: Robert Scoles

Doris: Caroline Jackson

Midge Harvey: Itohan Amayo

Edward Angkatell: Jeremy Walter

Dr. John Cristow: Khalid Johnson

Gerda Cristow: Stacey Keenan

Veronica Craye: Nadine Civitello

Inspector Colquhoun: Jonathan Specht

Detective Sgt. Penny: Steven Rice

Mrs. Medway: Stephanie Flanagan

Bagshaw: Kenn Marlowe