Don't bother looking for Hercule Poirot in the Alley Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's The Hollow, part of its Summer Chills series. While the Belgian detective appears in Christie's novel of the same name, he was cut from the play (seems Christie wasn't a particular fan of the fastidious, clever Poirot, one of her most popular characters).
The Alley's onstage version of The Hollow focuses on the death of Dr. John Christow, one of several guests at a large country house. Also present is his wife, his current mistress, his former mistress and a number of friends. When his dead body's discovered, his meek and downtrodden wife is standing over him with a gun in her hand. No one saw her shoot him, but everyone assumes she's guilty. As the police investigate, they're thwarted at every turn by her friends who destroy evidence, plant false clues, lie, scheme and otherwise make a muck of the truth in an effort to protect their timid, though perhaps not innocent, friend.
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Performance times vary. For a full schedule, call 713-220-5700 or visit alleytheatre.org. $25 to $65.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 10. Continues through Aug. 4, 2013