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The Mousetrap

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The Mousetrap | Humming "Three Blind Mice," someone begins killing off a group of six--four tourists, one uninvited guest, and a detective--visiting Monkswell Manor during a snowstorm, which traps them all there. Even when you know the identity of the murderer in Agatha Christie's unkillable 1952 mystery, you can admire how artfully the mistress of mayhem misdirects suspicion. Especially in her depiction of newlyweds struggling to run a guesthouse, Christie suggests that a loved one can become a threatening stranger: she hooks us not with special effects but with sheer psychology. Adam Webster's inspired revival for the North Lakeside Players is performed in the parlor of the Berger Mansion, a 1910 Prarie-style home that's now a community center, and thus immerses the audience in the action. The well-chosen, impeccably disciplined performers manage to pretend the audience is invisible as their snowbound characters go about their business, courting their fates. Through 3/26: Fri-Sat 8 PM. No show 2/25-2/26. North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan, 773-293-1358. $15.

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