With Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" a huge hit at the box office, a theatre company might be tempted to visit the sick and twisted mind of a serial killer. Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas will, with its staging of Christie in Love, the 1969 play based on the confessions of England's first convicted serial killer, John Reginald Christie, March 1-11.
Christie killed eight English women, including his wife, during the years of and following World War II. His method was strangulation, often while he was having sex with the woman. Sometimes he lured an unsuspecting victim to his home at Number 10 Rillington Place in London's Notting Hill by offering an illegal, but safe abortion. Christie's trial lasted only four days before he was declared guilty and sentenced to death. He was hung at Pentonville Prison on July 15th, 1953.
Howard Brenton is also the author of The Romans in Britain, Thirteenth Night, The Genius, Bloody Poetry and Greenland. He also co wrote Pravda with David Hare.
Terry Vandivort stars as Christie. Raphael Parry is the Inspector, and new Kitchen Dog artistic associate David Goodwin is the Constable.
Tristan Decker serves as technical director and lighting designer with Judy Niven creating the props. Tickets are $5. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary is located at 3120 McKinney Avenue. For reservations, call the box office at (214) 953 1055. Kitchen Dog Theatre is on the web at http://www.kitchendogtheatre.org.
-- By Christine Ehren