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Vol. LXI, No. 30
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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FIRST VICTIM?: Dr. Armstrong (Andy Hoover, kneeling) cares for the recumbent housemaid Mrs. Rogers (Shannon Lee Clair), as the tense, trapped houseguests look on: (left to right) Detective Blore (Justin Levine), the socialite Marston (Glenn Brown), secretary and ex-governess Vera Claythorne (Izzie Steele), the adventurer Lombard (John Hardin), the retired judge Wargrave (William Busbee), the butler Rogers (Robert Walsh) and the religious spinster Emily Brent (Heather May) — but who is the murderer, and when will he or she strike next? Princeton Summer Theater's production of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None)" plays for one more weekend at the Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus.

Mystery, Murder, Suspense and High Drama Command the Stage In 1943 Agatha Christie Classic at Princeton Summer Theater

Donald Gilpin

British novelist J.K. Rowling, with her grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released last Saturday, may be the publishing phenomenon of the twentieth-first century, but she has yet to top her fellow countrywoman Agatha Christie, who wrote from the 1920s to the 1970s and counts her book sales in the hundreds of millions, plus a slew of popular stage and screen adaptations.

(Photo by Jeff Reeder for NJOpera)
FATED LOVERS: Scott Ramsay as Roméo, left, is appearing opposite Manon Strauss Evrard as Juliette in New Jersey Opera's production of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" at McCarter's Berlind Theatre. The opera will be repeated this Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre.

New Jersey Opera Sets the Night on Fire With Timeless Love Story “Roméo et Juliette”

Nancy Plum

Opera at the time of French composer Charles Gounod drew its literary inspiration from the great works. Verdi turned to Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, and Gounod, who claims two operatic masterpieces, turned to William Shakespeare’s timeless love story for his 1867 Roméo et Juliette. Opulence and elegance were the words for the day in mid-19th century Paris, but the New Jersey Opera production of Roméo et Juliette (in French with English subtitles), which opened on Friday night, fit snugly into the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre complex. Not often performed (Friday night’s performance was apparently the New Jersey professional premiere), the production gave audiences plenty to enjoy.


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