HOUSTON – The Alley Theatre has announced its 1998 summer season, and as opposed to some past offerings, which had little to do with the traditional overarching theme, "SummerChills," this summer's fare fits it to a tee. How could it not with Agatha Christie looking for clues and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle being affectionately spoofed?
June 26 - July 12, Houston's Tony Award-winning regional troupe spins Christie's Spider's Web, about murder, alibis, alibis and murder. Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd weaves the web of intrigue, the fifth from the Mistress of Mystery to be presented during the SummerChills series.
July 17 - August 2, our dear Watson helps the famous detective solve Sherlock's Last Case, playwright Charles Marowitz's "elementary" tribute to the master of the "whodunit."
With summertime ticket prices a fraction of what they are during the regular season, and with one performance of each show translated into Spanish and another audio described/signed/open captioned, more Houstonians than usual will be able to discover "whodunit."
"SummerChills '98" at the Alley includes Spider's Web, running June 26 - July 12; and Sherlock's Last Case, running July 17 - August 2. For tickets, $16 separately and $28 for both, call (713) 228-8421. By Peter Szatmary