MOUNT VERNON — Get a direct line to a suspenseful drama when the Alcove Dinner Theater presents “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” — the play that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie — beginning Oct. 25.
Directed by Susan Moreland and produced by Bruce Jacklin, the play was first written for the stage by Fredrick Knott and later adapted into a screenplay for the Hitchcock movie, which was released in 1954. Starring Grace Kelly, it marked the first of three Hitchcock collaborations with the actress. It also marked the first and only time Hitchcock was asked to film in 3D, although the movie was released as “flat.” The play continues to be a favorite among suspense thrillers and can be seen in real, live 3D at The Alcove Dinner Theater.
Tony Wendice (Ian Frasier-Ernsberger), a retired professional tennis player, married his wife Margot (Kelly Yerxa-Lauth) for money, and now he has planned the perfect way to kill her. Tony has worked it out to the smallest detail when he blackmails an old acquaintance to murder his wife.
But even the best-laid plans go awry when the victim becomes the murderer. Will Margot be put to death for murder, or will the police uncover Tony’s plan before it’s too late?
The cast includes Ian Fraser Ernsberger, Kelly Lauth, Andrew Duffy, Richard McKinley, Glenn Hissong and Shawn Barrett.
Behind the scene crew are Set Construction, Steve Herbst; Stage Managers, Megan Evans and Kate Ernsberger; Costumes, Chris Aust; and lights and sound technician, Scott Swingle.
Show dates are Oct. 25 and 26, and Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 16. Call The Alcove at 740-392-3076 for menu selection, and to reserve your tickets go online to alcoverestaurant.com or mtvarts.com.
Published on October 17, 2013