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Who done it? Agatha Christie, of course

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
July 6, 2011 at 2:06 a.m.

Adam Van Wagoner, as Anthony Marston, and Jennifer Harmon, as Emily Brent, in the Alley Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None."

If You Go

WHAT: "And Then There Were None"

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fridays; 2:30 and 8 p.m., Saturdays; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays. Through July 31.

WHERE: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas St., Houston

COST: $21-$55

WHAT: "Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting"

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12:15-7 p.m., Sundays. Through Aug. 14.

WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonet St., Houston

COST: $13-$17

WHAT: "Ancient Ukraine - Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations"

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, through Sept. 5.

WHERE: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston

COST: $12-$18

WHAT: Dwight Yoakum

WHEN: Friday

WHERE: Arena Theater, 7322 Southwest Freeway, Houston

COST: $93

Crime doesn't pay, and if you don't believe me, go check out the Alley Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's play "And Then There Were None."

I would never say the Brit was the best mystery writer of all time - Dashiell Hammett holds that honor, according to me - but her books have sold millions of copies.

Her plots are the kind that make you clutch at your hair wondering, you know, who done it.

"And Then There Were None" is Christie's most famous book. The book was so popular, she turned the story about a group of house guests, all smudgy with guilt over various accidental deaths and murders, into a play.

Christie wrote about what she knew, so her stories are full of portraits of middle- and upper-class Brits.

She was even known to live out her mysteries a little. She always wrote about places she knew.

Once, she even seemed to have died like her stories. In 1926, Christie found out her husband was in love with another woman.

She disappeared without a trace from their home, and was missing for 11 days before turning up in a British hotel with no explanation.

If you've ever seen the movie "Clue," take a moment and remember all of the stereotypes.

Now, British them up a bit, and you've got the story that will have you on that cliched edge of your seat wondering who did it, who will survive and who will be next.

Her book gets pretty dark toward the end, so she brightened it up a little for the stage.

Yeah, we may all think about calling her a sell-out for that one, but the Christie touch is still there. The result is a taut, well-written play. So go on out and take in her play.

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