The cast of ACCOMPLICE at Barley Sheaf Players.

ACCOMPLICE at Barley Sheaf: Hint…The Butler Didn’t Do It

Loving a good mystery and taking pride in figuring things out rather quickly, ACCOMPLICE had me leaving the theater pondering well after curtain call. The ingenious plot shifts in so many directions, you’ll feel like you’re on a tilt-a-whirl.

The production of ACCOMPLICE, brilliantly played by The Barley Sheaf Players and directed by Glen Eric Reed, may be shortest yet most difficult review for me to write. To mention one minor part or character role may give away the most miniscule clue and spoil the whole thing. Opening the program that is designed by Doug Schultz, I found it odd that there were no character names in the bios. A mystery in itself, I figured out why by the middle of the second act.

I can say this… the pre-show announcement was creatively hilarious and a splendid beginning to the comedy/thriller. The show opens with a beau monde 1970 English-style cottage set, impeccably designed by the director. Costumes by Stevie Tagye are a wonderful complement, as well as the lighting and effects, created by Mike Fitzgerald, Ron Quirk, and Allen Puy, respectively.

The cast of ACCOMPLICE at Barley Sheaf Players.

Now for the cast, small but robust. Elizabeth Hennessey is the murderous wife in the first act and is seen mostly on stage throughout the show. Hennessey is wonderful to watch and she takes her characters by storm. Kevin Robinson is her lover and I enjoyed his portrayal of funny and quick-witted characters. Greg Kasander and Ashley Harper do a great job topping off the small cast, cleverly playing the snobby husband and “polyurethane brain” faux blonde.

Under Reed’s keen direction, all four characters have skillfully and manically bounced between their multiple roles. Get a babysitter due to some adult suggestive themes and enjoy about three hours of comedy, suspense, and a roller coaster ride of fun. Giving my husband, Keith, off for this assignment, I invited my sister, Linda Clark, to join me. She enjoyed it as much as I did.

ACCOMPLICE
Written by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Glen Eric Reed
October 17, 2014 – November 8, 2014
The Barley Sheaf Players
810 N Whitford Road
Lionville, PA 19353
(610) 363-7075
http://www.barleysheaf.org/

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Laura and Keith Clattenburg

Laura and Keith Clattenburg

Keith S. Clattenburg, adopted into a loving family at birth, started studying music/piano at the age of five. His parents, accomplished musicians, insisted on perfection and instilled those characteristics in Keith. He is a graduate of Abington High School where he won many awards for his talent on the piano and he was the PIAA State Choir accompanist in 1975 and 1976. He continued with piano lessons until 1975 when he switched to organ. Following graduation, Keith went into the United State Marine Corps and as a recruit he was in charge of the Sunday morning religious services on Parris Island. Surrounded by music growing up, Keith took a liking to the theater from a very young age, seeing everything possible from opera, plays and of course musicals. THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Valley Forge Music Fair in King of Prussia, along with many other musicals in Philadelphia and New York piqued his interest. Keith got involved with groups in the area and started playing the piano, then blossomed to becoming resident Musical Director of King of Prussia Players. Laura T. Clattenburg has performed, stage managed, and produced for Pages to Pirouettes and the King of Prussia Players since 2007. She is an alumna of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts as a vocal major, was vocally trained at Settlement Music School in Germantown, and moved onto a career as a graphic artist. She is a former board member for the King of Prussia Players, where she is currently the Graphic Designer for all marketing materials and programs. Keith and Laura recently started a new venture: B Sharp Productions, a commercial theater company.

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