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If English playwright William Congreve had lived to see Alley Theatre’s new production of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, he would have been pleased to find artistic evidence of his most famous (and often misquoted) adage: “Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d / Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.”

Indeed, the delicate and meticulous imbalance of one doctor’s relationships and the peculiar kinship of the Angkatell family plays out in comedic fashion as something of a cautionary tale for the perpetually uncommitted, with a few tips on keeping company salt and peppered throughout.

When London physician John Cristow is found mortally wounded, what began as an awkward weekend holiday to the Angkatell’s home, The Hollow, unravels into a brilliant murder mystery wherein everyone is a suspect.

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Calling on the strengths of Alley Theatre’s venerable resident company, director Gregory Boyd crafts a captivating summer whodunnit accessible to an audience young and old.

James Black‘s steady portrayal of Sir Henry Angkatell provides the perfect juxtaposition against the colorful knockout performance of Josie de Guzman as Lady Angkatell. De Guzman exudes masterful depth and humor in her exploration of Lucy, both the sociable charismatic and the darker matter that lies within.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Bunch delivers an exceptional portrayal of Henrietta Angkatell, who might have just as strong a grasp of the wild web between Christie’s characters as Inspector Colquhoun (Lee Sellars) concludes by show’s end.

One of the best summer experiences in Houston. Period.

“Agatha Christie’s The Hollow” continues through August 4 at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue; Ticket information available at (713)220-5700, alleytheatre.org

Alley Theatre’s ‘The Hollow’
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