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'Mousetrap' keeps audience guessing in Folsom murder mystery

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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KNOW AND GO
"The Mousetrap"
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 25
Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom
Tickets: $23 adults, $21 seniors and SARTA, $18 students, $15 children
12 and younger
Info: (916) 353-1001, SutterStreetTheatre.com
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The setting for Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is a quaint English home with rooms for rent, with the possibility of a murderer and two victims trapped in a storm.

At the beginning of the play, one murder had already happened, with the murderer still on the loose.

Directed by Michael Coleman (who also resurrected "Evil Dead: The Musical" last month), "Mousetrap" boasts a cast of eight seasoned actors, a few making their Sutter Street Theatre debut.

Utilizing the cozy set to its full extent, the actors keep the audience guessing until the final few scenes.

I think all the actors did amazing work, but I like to select a few who stood out.

Analise Langford-Clark, as Mollie Ralston, is a breath of fresh air. Her acting chops are on full display.

Tim Yancey, as Sgt. Trotter, is great as the police officer trying to get to the bottom of the happenings at the home. He knows there will be a few murders and the murderer is probably in the house, so he grills the guests, trying to dig up details to connect them with the first victim. He does a fine job.

My top pick for stand-out actor is Aaron Boyer as quirky Christopher Wren. I also saw him in "The Producers" and believe Boyer plays neurotic very well. This was perfect casting.

I recommend catching this one before it's gone. It runs through Nov. 25.