Murder, merriment dominate Mask & Mirror Community Theatre's newest production
'Catch Me If You Can' opens Friday at Calvin Church
Harvey Brown is checking an item off his bucket list this week.
Brown, a director with Mask & Mirror Community Theatre, is a longtime Portland-area actor and director who has dreamed of bringing one of his favorite murder-mysteries back to the stage.
He gets his wish on Friday when Mask & Mirror will open Catch Me If You Can, a play Brown first acted in at Portland Civic Theater in 1976.
But 40 years later, Brown still hasnt forgotten how much fun that show was.
I loved it so much it was on my bucket list to direct it, he said.
Catch Me If You Can tells the story of a man who brings his new bride on a honeymoon to the Catskills, and then investigates her sudden disappearance.
It has twists and turns like you wouldnt believe, Brown said. Everything they see and hear is a lie. The audience doesnt know whats going on until the very end.
check it out
Who: Mask & Mirror Community Theatre
What: Catch Me If You Can murder mystery
Where: Calvin Presbyterian Church
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through May 22
How much: $15 adults, $12 students,
This is the second play that Brown has directed with Mask & Mirror. He said the experience has been a great one.
The actors just grabbed this and ran with it, he said. Because they are so good, half of my work was done when we started.
Usually in a murder mystery, youve got it figured out by the end of the first act, Brown said. This one changes and changes and changes again.
This season has included plenty of twists for Mask & Mirror. The community theaters last production, A Trip to Bountiful, was a departure from its usual fare of comedies. Catch Me If You Can follows that trend, offering a light-hearted murder mystery.
Brown said that the success of Mask & Mirror has allowed it to expand into plays it previously wouldnt have been able to stage.
Theyre really getting into the theater stuff now, he said. Theyve proven themselves. They know their audience and the audience moves right with them. Now, were able to get into some more meaty, beefy stuff. Were excited about that.
Catch Me If You Can is still a comedy, Brown said, but its a more mature, grown up variety than the types the theatre previously produced.
Its the perfect kind of show for Mask & Mirror, Brown said. Its a good time. A comedy. Its action packed. Its a roller coaster ride for the audience. When people buy a ticket, they want to see some theater. And I think they'll be well pleased.
Cath Me If You Can runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 22 at The Stage at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, in Tigard.
By Geoff Pursinger
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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