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10/21/2013 4:03:00 PM
Agatha Christie mystery stumps Mantorville audience
Levi Livingood, right, works to unravel the mystery and find out
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Levi Livingood, right, works to unravel the mystery and find out "who dunnit". This weekend is the final chance to see this popular show. At press time tickets were still available. Also pictured are Jeremy Kittleson, Tom Flaherty and Katie Hovda. Photo by Ruth Hanson

By Ruth Hanson

There is one weekend left for theater goers to enjoy good food and an amazing mystery at the Mantorville Theatre Company.

But it won't do to ask those who have already seen "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie how it ends. Jeremy Kittleson, the director, asked them not to tell.

It was an unforgettable experience, complete with English accents with an unforgettable detective played by Levi Livingood.

The play takes place during a snow storm, with the characters stranded in a remote country guest house cut off from the roads and with a dead telephone. Of course, there is the murder, right there on stage, and then the multiple accusations from the detective of the guests at the Monkswell Manor. The plot thickens until, well, that's not public.

Tickets are on sale for this mystery thriller at The Chocolate Shoppe and on line at There will be performances on Friday and Saturday evenings with a matinee on Sunday afternoon.

The food is catered by Omar's Kitchen of Kasson and theater goers eat during the play. The chicken dinner lives up to Omar's reputation - also amazing.

The author, Agatha Christie, has sold billions of copies of her work worldwide. She was born in southwestern England in 1890 and came to be nicknamed the "Queen of Mystery." Her first book was published when she was 21 and she became one of the world's top-selling authors.

"People asked me what made me take up writing," she wrote. "I found myself making up stories and acting the different parts. Nothing like boredom to make you write."

She became the successful author of sleuth stories and was played by Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes and Geraldine McEwan. She wrote well into her later years, writing over 70 detective novels as well as romance novels. She died in 1976.

Her followers will not be disappointed in the production in Mantorville this weekend.

Just don't ask anyone who has seen it how it comes out...

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