Epilogue Players; directed by Clara Marshall-McClure and Charles R. McClure
In this version of Agatha Christie’s 1939 novel Ten Little Indians, 10 houseguests are trapped on an island by a mystery host seeking the ultimate justice. An ominous recorded voice announces that each of them has gotten away with murder and must be punished. The guests are killed off one by one, until there are almost none. In characteristic Christie form, the accused defend themselves, and then take turns playing detective to determine who is guilty or innocent — and who masterminded this cruel court. Adapted repeatedly for stage, film and television, the mystery holds few surprises, except for whatever fun bits the cast and directors can make of broadly painted characters like the cavalier playboy, timid beauty, esteemed judge and suspicious butler. John Carver charms as the police detective more concerned with finding food than finding the truth; Martin Hinman takes us nicely over the top as the gently demented general who killed his wife’s lover; and Marty Essig manages to be both funny and poignant as the self-righteous matron. There are a few well-placed jabs at the military and the idle rich, but the story drags with flat melodrama, too many murders and not enough comic thrills. Through July 29; 317-842-2811.