You likely know the plot of Agatha Christie’s "And Then There Were None," even if you haven’t seen it.
A small island resort accessible only by phone and boat; a houseful of strangers tricked into coming to the vacation home and all connected by some evil doings; bodies suddenly turning up gruesomely murdered; the killer obviously one of the residents.
It’s hard not to smile at Christie’s formulaic murder mysteries. And Theatre in the Valley — despite some stretches of stilted exposition — does not get in the writer’s way.
You have to accept director Daryl Morris’ production as a community theater effort, with all the limitations the term brings to mind. But the tongue-in-cheek tone is there. Every grizzly killing is good for a laugh.
Several cast members deliver intriguing performances. Michael J. Brazier is such a lovable old retired (and very British) general, that you almost hate to see him die. Adam Schaefer makes for a witty, understated Noel Coward-ish solider of fortune. And Ryan Sands is a comically authoritative Justice Wargrave. You believe that he’s the kind of man long accustomed to taking charge.
Designer Rick Bindhamer comes up with a pleasing set, considering that it’s built on no budget (I assume) and for quick traveling.
If you approach this show with limited expectations, it’s my guess you’ll enjoy its occasional bursts of excellence.
What: "And Then There Were None"
When: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Henderson Convention Center’s Sierra Rooms, 200 Water St.
Tickets: $10-$12 (558-7275)