Comedy-mystery next theatre offering

Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” will bound into Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre in February featuring a mystery plot and the comic antics of theatre critics Birdboot and Moon. 

Stoppard, perhaps best known for “Shakespeare in Love,” uses “Hound” to spoof a more modern Agatha Christie/Sherlock Holmes genre in this country-house whodunit. 

The comedy is directed by New York City actor/director Jerry Bradley, a visiting professor of theatre at SUNY Oswego. Joining the production team are theatre department faculty members Joe Rial, scene design; Johan Godwaldt, light design; and Jessica Hester, dramaturge. 

Guest costume designer is Moira Shaughnessy, a 1987 SUNY Oswego graduate and costume designer in New York City. Student designers include Matt Boudreau and Ryan Ignaszewski, sound; Katie Ahearn, props; Samatha MacArthur, stage manager; and Christy Pronto, assistant director; with Soheila Ahmad and Caroline DePalma as assistant stage managers.

“‘Inspector Hound’ is a lesser-known Stoppard play which celebrates what theater does best: creating dramatic situation through words and language,” Bradley said. “‘Hound’ is a theatrical ride full of surprises, twists and turns.”

The cast of “Inspector Hound” includes Kevin Brzuszkiewicz as the body; Steven Mazzoccone and Trevor Franklin as theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, respectively; Gloria McAndrew as Mrs. Drudge; Ryan Powers as Simon Gascoyne; Kathryn Kobos as Lady Cynthia Muldoon; Greg Salmon as Major Magnus Muldoon; and Brian Heyman as Inspector Hound.

A preview performance of “The Real Inspector Hound” will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with all seats priced at $5. 

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 and March 3 and 4. A Sunday matinee will be held at 2 p.m. March 5. Tickets for the regular run cost $10, $9 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.

For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Jan 25, 2006)

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