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Shakespeare Ensemble presents ‘Ravenscroft’ at two local venues

Jan 29, 2014

“Ravenscroft,” a delightful, intricate, load-of-laughs who-done-it, will be presented by Steve White’s Shakespeare Ensemble at two Fairfield venues.

“Ravenscroft” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

“Ravenscroft” will be featured two more weekends at the Spayde Theater in the library on the Maharishi University of Management campus. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 14-15.

“Ravenscroft,” brilliantly written by prolific playwright Don Nigro, finds the redoubtable Inspector Ruffing (played by Jesse Bailey) snowbound “in the middle of nowhere, in a drafty old house out of a wretched Gothic novel, hopelessly entangled in a moronic ghost and murder mystery too stupid for the theatre, ... even.”

Patrick, “the handsomest, cheerfullest, kindest young man ever,” has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs, face blue, neck broken ... just like the late Mr. Ravenscroft only a few months earlier.

Who did it? Why and how? Was it Mrs. Ravenscroft (played by Margaret Clair), mistress of Ravenscroft Manor, or perhaps her delicate daughter Gillian (played by Luca Papp), who “interprets reality more creatively than others”? Maybe it was Marcy (played by Elizabeth Huebner), the beautiful governess from Vienna, or Mrs. French the cook (played by Tena Nelson) or possibly even Dolly the maid (played by Sudevi Mossé). Who had the motive, means and method to “off” poor Patrick?

Tickets to “Ravenscroft” are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $16 for students.

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