“Well, I did not see that coming!” That was my reaction to the Two of Us Production of “Stranger in the Attic”, a locally-written (Long Island) play by John Kaasik now at the Claverack Library.
It was a beautiful, warm and sunny afternoon, and I sat in a dark room with the audience, some of whom brought their mother to see a murder mystery play on Mother’s Day. Why not?
I am not the person to ask about murder mysteries (I am an old school homosexual, at home with Broadway show tunes at a piano bar), but I was thoroughly intrigued with the plot twists and turns of “Stranger in the Attic”. Like a Greek tragedy, (or a City of Hudson Common Council meeting) the play asks questions about a person’s morality, with good versus evil. You don’t often get to see that level of tragedy at an Ethel Merman show.
There is some comedy mixed in, like a box labeled, “Handle with Care, Dead Lawyer” in the living room.
Strong performances by main characters Karissa Payson, Mark Leinung and Eamon Martin. The “killer” character was very realistic, since I know people in Hudson that would fit the same description.
The neighbors, played by Cyndi Miller and Matt Leinung had some fun and comedic dialogue, and I wanted to see more of them on stage.
Kudos to director Stephen Sanborn and stage manager Constance Lopez for putting the show together. Go out and support some community theater and local talent!
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