Reviews: Accomplice

Review: ‘Accomplice’ at Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf
By CYNTHIA O. TOPPS
Posted Nov. 2, 2010 @ 2:00 am

IF YOU GO …
What: “Accomplice” by Rupert Holmes
Where: Lycian Centre, 1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf
When/price: Nov. 5-6, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, $50, and Nov. 7, 1 p.m. lunch, 3 p.m.

SUGAR LOAF — Rupert Holmes has a clever pen and a twisted mind for a mystery. His “Accomplice” being produced by Kings Theatre Company is no exception. The play takes place in a moorland cottage in England where there are plot twists, double dealing and a little sex — not a bad weekend in the country.
The play revolves around two couples. The husbands are in business together. The junior partner, John, is plotting with the senior partner’s wife to gain control of the company. They are having an affair. John and his wife are coming down to the country cottage for dinner. Janet will murder her husband, Derek. John and his wife will be her alibi. John and the widow will take over the company and he will divorce his wife for her.
Sounds a little complicated? It gets more tangled than a spider’s web. To tell any more of the plot would reveal too much and give away most of the fun. Suffice to say there are lots of surprises and plenty of twists and turns.
The four performers fit into their roles like a nice cuppa tea. They are each required to play at least two characters. Brian Nieves plays the junior partner, John. In the beginning, he affects an upper-crust English accent. It is difficult to understand him. But when he switches to Cockney, he hits his stride. Nieves is not your typical villainous type. He is more affable and likable.
Elan Zafir as senior partner Derek is wonderfully stuffy and upper crust. When he plays his other role, which is diametrically different from Derek, it is quite a surprise. His scenes with both women are wonderfully entertaining and sharp.
Jaclyn Walsh as the conniving desperate English housewife is top notch. She is appropriately seductive and scheming. Her facial expressions and body language hint at more devious plots to come. She is particularly fine in the scene with Zafir as she tries to poison his drink and he tries to thwart her plans.
Alyson Bloom as John’s bimbo wife is superb. She skillfully extracts all the laughs this role has to give. Bloom is not just the comic relief but also the comic riches.
Director Paul Ellis has chosen his cast well. The set is attractive and serviceable. All the technical elements and costumes are appropriate.
Kings Theatre Company is offering this thriller up with a dinner option. Viewing this production on Halloween, I can truly say that the food was a treat and the show was a trick.

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Elan Zafir’s misemployment of the run-on sentence

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