Lamplighters Community Theatre, La Mesa, Oct. 9-Nov. 8
By Miriam Raftery
October 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--When a caustic critic is lured to an old theatre under the pretext of a documentary about Lincoln assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth, he swiftly finds himself drugged, trussed up and tormented by an actress he’s savaged in reviews. The stage is set for mayhem and potentially, murder.
Devi Noel portrays first the prim and proper Miss Leamington, who soon sheds her disguise to be revealed as the wickedly scheming actress, Mitzi Crenshaw. Donning multiple costumes to portray notable roles in between extracting tortuous confessions from her captive critic, F.F. Charnick, Noel clearly relishes the role and keeps the audience on edge throughout Lamplighters’ production of Stage Fright, a play by Charles Marowitz of Ventura.