Play Reading at the Seaside Repertory Theatre
SLEUTH by Anthony Shaffer
Anthony Shaffer's play is set in the Wiltshire, England manor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. His home reflects Wyke's obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and game-playing. He lures his wife's lover, Milo Tindle, to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke's imagination ends and reality begins.
Theatre critic Clive Barnes wrote in November 13, 1970 edition of The New York Times: "As clever as a wagonload of monkeys solving the crossword puzzle of The Times of London, and as intricate as the Hampton Court maze. It is good, neat, clean and bloody fun and I most cordially recommend it." He also gave it another favorable review two years later when Paul Rogers had replaced Anthony Quayle. Other reviews were just as quick to praise. “Sleuth is one of the best melodramas I have ever seen. Maybe it is the best” wrote John Chapman in the New York Daily News. “Wickedly entertaining” was Walter Kerr's feelings in The Sunday New York Times.
Tickets $10 on seasiderep.org, at Amavida coffee, by calling 231-0733 or at the door the evening of the play.