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Review: Ten Little Indians

By • Oct 30th, 2005 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Castaways Repertory Theater production of Ten Little Indians [MP3 3:20 3.1MB].

Laura: We’re talking about Castaways Repertory Theatre‘s production of Ten Little Indians performed Friday night in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Mike: This is the Agatha Christie classic murder mystery tale. A bunch of strangers get together under mysterious circumstances. Then they’re accused of various murders that they’ve all committed over the years. They don’t know who’s invited them there and all of a sudden they can’t get away and they all start disappearing dead. Or I guess appearing dead.

Laura: It was a good show.

Mike: It was a good show. One of those shows you’ve probably seen before. Agatha Christie’s stuff is usually pretty accessible, easy to understand, usually a lot of fun. They’re from the 30’s or 40’s so a lot of people have seen them done.

Laura: Yes. It was a good group of actors. I actually worked with a couple of them during my time at the Nova Woodbridge Theater Group did a couple of productions with them there so knew a couple of the actors so that gave it that hometown feeling which I thought was good. The set was really well done there really wasn’t any need. It was all on that same set. So there wasn’t really a need to change anything except for bringing in candles and those kind of mini props.

Mike: You know, moving bodies that kind of happened a lot.

Laura: They had them in the kitchen and upstairs and places like that. But I thought it was a good show. I was very pleased with it.

Mike: Pretty pleased with it. One small thing the lighting needed a little bit of work there were some shadows. The play takes place in the afternoon, in the morning, in the evening, during a thunderstorm. The effects were really good. There was lightning. I don’t really want to give any of the plot stuff away. But there was lightning and the power went out at one point and the candles and the lighting they used to represent candles was very effective. The problem was when it was a bright light, afternoon type light. Some light was maybe burned out because there were shadows on the character’s faces and that was distracting.

Laura: Some of the profiles were in more of a shadow than they probably should have been.

Mike: The special effects were good. There were gunshots. There were minor explosion type thing. Special effects were done by Kevin Kirby who we met after his performance at The Prince William Little Theater a couple weeks ago.

Laura: Moon Over Buffalo.

Mike: So it was kind of cool to see the theater community sharing their expertise on the different theatre groups. So that was cool. One thing that surprised us was we’ve seen this show before and the ending was different.

Laura: Yes, which we’re not going to tell you.

Mike: They told us not to tell you. They were going to hunt us down if we did.

Laura: So we can’t tell you the ending.

Mike: But it was good. Don’t know if that’s allowed to change the ending of an Agatha Christie, but Ok. If you have an opportunity next weekend go over to the Castaways Repertory Theater in Wodbridge and watch Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

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  1. I have been searching for months for the play version of Ten Little Indians where everyone dies in the end. I directed it years ago at the HS where I teach, and now that version is out of print and I want to do it again. If you could direct me to the original version I would be SO grateful.

  2. Hmmm, good question. According to the Wikipedia, the original story had everyone die by the end of the story. The play though needed exposition, so there were survivors. You might check at Samuel French for the rights to use the play. They should know if a version is available with the original ending.