“Accomplice” at Shakespeare & Co. Is Smart, Funny, Sexy and Well Worth Seeing [Berkshire on Stage]

October 3rd, 2013, 2:00 pm by Sara
Annie Considine, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey and Josh Aaron McCabe. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Annie Considine, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey and Josh Aaron McCabe. (photo by Enrico Spada)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns

How do you write a review of a comedy/thriller with a plot so convoluted and hilarious that even listing the names of the actors would give away important plot points? A show where, at the curtain call, the cast swears the audience to complete secrecy? Well, you start by saying that this production of Rupert Holmes’ Accomplice at Shakespeare & Company, directed by Stephen Rothman, is smart and funny and sexy and well worth seeing. The cast, who I may not name, is very good. A slightly stumbling performance by an old favorite is balanced out by a nice turn from a newcomer. Patrick Brennan has designed a nifty set which, abetted by James W. Bilnoski’s lighting and Ian Sturges Milliken’s sound design and score, is almost as full of surprises as the script

Accomplice was the third theatrical outing for the fearsomely prolific and multi-talented Holmes, who had already won multiple awards for his first show, Drood (1985, formerly titled The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Holmes took home is his second Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for this 1990 opus, which holds a special place in Rothman’s heart (he has directed it twice before). Rothman saw a good fit between this script and some of Shakespeare & Company’s core actors, and he was right. I am not telling tales out of school when I say that it gives Elizabeth Aspenlieder another star turn as the Company’s leading comedienne.

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Secretive Twisty-Mystery Thriller “Accomplice” Opens at Shakespeare & Co. Sept. 21 [Berkshire on Stage]

September 17th, 2013, 1:07 pm by Sara

Accomplice @ Shakespeare & Company

by Larry Murray

There are some plays that you have to talk around, rather than about, because to say exactly what is going on would be to take the surprise out of a thrilling evening of theatre. Such is the case of Accomplice, a British comedy mystery that has more twists and turns than a Berkshire byway. Like Mousetrap and Deathtrap, the audience is asked to be mum about what happens on stage as well, and it is surprising how willing people are to play along.

So here is what we can tell you, direct from the Shakespeare & Company announcement which manages to skirt revealing any details in a news release that is 1,000 words long.

The thrill of not knowing

Shakespeare & Company will begin their Fall & Winter Season with this explosively exciting and comedic affair. A daring and sexy thriller, this British comedy is one twisted knot of tension, sure to delight and entertain.

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