"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ Is A Whodunnit Done Right!
This world premiere adaptation elegantly transfers Christie’s rich mystery from the page to the stage... Shanahan finds creative ways to break the monotony of the multiple-suspects- in-a-room formula, sprinkling in roundabouts of phone conversation (where Rita again shines) and letter readings… This is a world of secrets, gossip and misdirection, all of which find visual manifestation in the hands of director/adapter Mark Shanahan….It’s no mystery that this production is meant to be a crowd pleaser… and it does not disappoint.” - The Houston Chronicle
"Roger Ackroyd’s Success Is No Mystery
Alley Theatre’s new adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic is enchanting.
Roger Ackroyd was skillfully adapted for the stage and directed by Mark Shanahan… A fresh adaptation of Agatha Christie’s charming The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Set in the early 1920s, the play is classic Christie with plenty of plot twists and misdirection…"
- OutSmart Houston
"The murder of Roger Ackroyd smells fresh. The familiar landmarks like a decanter of whisky or a lightning storm outside, not to mention a plethora of apt suspects, only lend credence to the inevitable reveal and conclusion….this is first rate theater… with multiple suspects and drawing-room eloquence that are the hallmarks of the genre… It’s the quintessential murder mystery setting.”
- The Cathode Ray Zone
"Murder is good entertainment, fit for a summer's night, with a clever twist you may, or probably may not, see coming. It's classic Christie, and as classy as any Alley Summer Chills show can be.” - The Courier
Photos by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox
Set: Klara Zieglarova
Lighting: Rui Rita
Costumes: Helen Huang
Sound: John Gromada
Written by Mark Shanahan from the book by Agatha Christie
With: Chris Salazar, David Sinaiko, Elizabeth Bunch, Brandon Heanrsberger, Melissa Milano, Susan Koozin, David Rainey, Todd Waite, Shan Hamilton, Melissa Engle Dylan Godwin and Skyler Sinclair
SM Rebecca D. Hamlin, ASM Emily Bohanan