Western Reserve Playhouse concludes its season with mystery 'Deadly Murder'

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"Deadly Murder" by David Foley will wrap up Western Reserve Playhouse's summer 2014 season.

The play will be staged Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 through 27.

In the play, Camille Dargus (Marybeth Orr) has fought her way up from humble beginnings and is a successful New York jewelry designer with a roster of high-end clients, and a glamorous loft in Soho. She has beauty, brains, wealth and her career has taken her to the leading lights of New York society. She also has a penchant for handsome young men.

One night, at a boring social function, she picks up Billy (Brian Westerley), one of the waiters, and brings him home. But there's more to Billy than meets the eye, and before long she's summoned her security man, Ted (Greg Bealer), to get him out of her apartment.

According to playwright Foley, "Deadly Murder" has its origins in Ohio.

"'Deadly Murder' began as a bit of a lark," he said. "The Ohio Theatre production of 'Cressida Among The Greeks' had just closed, and I needed a break from war and tragedy. I thought I'd try my hand at a thriller for fun and profit. Profitable it's been as it is the most produced of all my plays here as well as all over Europe. The idea of all those Camille's and Billy's out there speaking all those languages has been pretty thrilling."

Alex Nine directs.

The theatre is at 3326 Everett Road, at the Bath/Richfield Township Line in Summit County. For details, call 330-620-7314.

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