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Murder, merriment dominate Mask & Mirror Community Theatre's newest production

'Catch Me If You Can' opens Friday at Calvin Church

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cast members from Mask & Mirror community theaters new play Catch Me If You Can rehearse recently at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Pictured from left; Benjamin Philip, as Daniel Corban, Fred Cooprider, Levine, Diana LoVerso, Sydney, and Jayne Furlong, Elizabeth, and Mark Putnam as Fr. Kelly.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 hasn’t 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 wouldn’t believe,” Brown said. “Everything they see and hear is a lie. The audience doesn’t know what’s going on until the very end.”

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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,

info: maskandmirror.com

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, you’ve got it figured out by the end of the first act,” Brown said. “This one changes and changes and changes again.”

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jayne Furlong, lead actress portraying Elizabeth in the play Catch Me if You Can, holds a gun towards Diana LoVerso, Sydney, during rehearsal of Mask & Mirror community theaters new play at Calvin Presbyterian Church. This season has included plenty of twists for Mask & Mirror. The community theater’s 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 wouldn’t have been able to stage.

“They’re really getting into the theater stuff now,” he said. “They’ve proven themselves. They know their audience and the audience moves right with them. Now, we’re able to get into some more meaty, beefy stuff. We’re excited about that.”

“Catch Me If You Can” is still a comedy, Brown said, but it’s a more mature, grown up variety than the types the theatre previously produced.

“It’s the perfect kind of show for Mask & Mirror,” Brown said. “It’s a good time. A comedy. It’s action packed. It’s 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
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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