Mystery Meeting

What happened when Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr spoke in 1941?

What follows is a kooky plot filled with smart references to Macbeth. It includes a scene in which Genevra toils and troubles over the poisonous brew she feeds her friend, and a moment in which Joshua, eaten up by guilt, goes a bit loony and talks of spots that aren't there.

A good part of the success of this production is the fiery cast, sparked to blazing life by the fun-filled direction of Kenn McLaughlin. Morrison and Koozin are backed up by Shelley Calene-Black, Sally Edmundson and Dwight Clark, who each play several smaller roles with wonderful scenery-chewing glee. The murder scene is a riot. Genevra cooks her friend (played with snaky oiliness by Edmundson) poisoned pesto sauce, then ends up with it all over her hands. Joshua runs back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room, appeasing both his wife and her friend. The show's farcical nature has an I Love Lucy flavor to it, but its humor also has a new-millennium feel that makes it infectious. There are many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the show.

And anyone with children can't help but recognize a bit of themselves in these characters, who will do anything for their offspring, even if that means becoming everything they hope their children don't.

The quietly forceful cast: Charles Tanner, Claire 
Hart-Palumbo and Thomas Prior.
Courtesy of Main Street Theater
The quietly forceful cast: Charles Tanner, Claire Hart-Palumbo and Thomas Prior.

Through February 8 at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, 713-527-0123. $25-$35.

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