Lyceum preview: 'Sleuth' opens at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Saturday

Friday, September 4, 2009
John Rensenhouse, left, plays Andrew Wyke, and Jeffrey C. Wolf plays Milo Tindle in the Arrow Rock Lyceum production of "Sleuth," opening Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. (Photo courtesy of the Lyceum Theatre)

In a cozy English manor house owned by a famous mystery writer, a young guest begin a convivial round of scotch and dialogue with the host.

Suddenly the host says, "I understand you want to marry my wife" and, from that moment, the two engage in a battle of wits over the love of the elder man's wife.

Jealousy, deceit, and class warfare are just a few of the pawns in this elaborate and entertaining game of cat and mouse, as "Sleuth" opens at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m., according to a news release from the theater.

One of the greatest stage thrillers and a masterpiece of suspense, "Sleuth" by Anthony Shaffer won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1971 and inspired two film versions.

The first film won Oscars for stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

In the more recent film version, Caine stepped into Olivier's role, playing the older character, Andrew Wyke, opposite Jude Law as young Milo Tindle.

"This edge-of-your-seat mystery, full of cunning plot twists, is not only an exciting "whodunit" but a fascinating "whodunwhat and to whom and how," said Director Quin Gresham, who is also the Lyceum's artistic director.

John Rensenhouse returns to Arrow Rock to play the part of Andrew Wyke.

Rensenhouse was last seen on the Lyceum stage as the mathematician father last year in "Proof" and as the nasty brother, Jonathan, in "Arsenic and Old Lace."

He toured nationally with the Broadway productions of "The Lion King" and "Noises Off."

He performs regularly at major regional theaters such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Kansas City Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Hartford Stage.

He was also a regular on the "Edge of Night" for many years.

Playing the part of Milo Tindle is another Lyceum favorite, Jeffrey C. Wolf.

Wolf's past performances in Arrow Rock include "Arsenic & Old Lace" (Mortimer), "The Philadelphia Story" (Dexter), "Little Women" ( Prof. Bhaer), "Sugar" (Joe).

His New York credits include "Cloud 9," "Reckless," "Sundown" and "God & Mr. Smith."

Regional credits include "Cabaret," for which he was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award, as well as "Rounding Third," "Camelot" (King Arthur) and "Beauty & the Beast."

Rounding out the cast of "Sleuth" will be Andrew Wells, Robertson Holloway and Michael Brennan.

The production team is made up of Quin Gresham, director; Tiffany Fier, scenic designer; Jared Clarkin, lighting designer; Garth Dunbar, costume designer. The production stage manager is Emilee Buchheit.

Four matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, 9, 10 and 12. Four evening performances at 8 p.m. Sept. 5, 9, 11 and 12.

For tickets call 660-837-3311 or visit the Lyceum Theatre website at www.lyceumtheatre.org

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