Sherman players open Anthony Shaffer’s WHODUNNIT this weekend

On Friday, April 29, The Sherman Players will open Anthony Shaffer’s comedy-thriller, WHODUNNIT as its first mainline show for 2022. The curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m. for a four-week run.

In WHODUNNIT, a group of six strangers – and a butler – gather for a black-tie dinner at a wealthy lawyer’s English mansion during a thunderstorm. One of the guests, identified only as an “oily Levantine”, tells his fellow diners that he has information to blackmail each of them. This, of course, makes him ripe for murder…

Director Alexis M. Vournazos recalls, “After first reading Anthony Shaffer’s entertaining comedy-thriller in 1996, I knew immediately that I wanted to audition. Cast as Archibald Perkins, and now directing the series these many moons later has been nothing short of thrilling. I hope you enjoy this theatrical journey with my amazing cast and crew.”

“I am so happy that we have the opportunity to produce WHODUNNIT because we had to postpone it due to the pandemic,” says producer Lynn Nissenbaum. “What a joy to once again present live theater. The level of talent on stage, whether newcomers or familiar faces, is unparalleled. Audiences will be surprised and amused time and time again. I know that I have been.”

The cast of WHODUNNIT includes Dean Alexander (New Fairfield), Gale Alexander (New Milford), Tina D’Amato (Yonkers NY), Brian DeToma (Danbury), Eric Greenfeld (Brookfield), Joe Harding (New Milford), Susan Howard ( Wingdale NY), Chris Marker (Sherman), Kristi McKeever (Brookfield) and Thomas Samuels (Southbury).

Along with Mr. Vournazos and Ms. Nissenbaum, the team includes lighting designer Al Chiappetta, sound designer David White, costume designers Sue Haneman and Terry Hawley, and stage manager Jenna Halse.

Originally titled “The Case of the Oily Levantine”, WHODUNNIT opened on Broadway in 1982, New York Magazine called the play “A torrent of merriment…heavy with excitement, crackles with repartee, rings the bell with epigrams and explodes depth charges of laughter…. [with] enough tumultuous surprises to provide another mystery playwright with a trunk full of coins.”

WHODUNNIT takes place on April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on May 8 and May 15. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for students. On Thursday, April 28, all customers are invited to attend a “Half Price Preview Party” at 8:00 p.m., where tickets are only $12. Students can see any show for $12 if they have a valid student ID.

Reservations can be made online at shermanplayers.org or by calling the box office at (860) 354-3622.

The Sherman Playhouse is a non-Equity theater company located at 5 Route 39 North (next to the fire station) in Sherman, CT.

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