Porn to Be Mild

No sex, please, they're skittish at The MAC; comedy galore, mystery a bore in Addison

Just down the hall from Noises Off, in the Black Box Theatre, Rover Dramawerks revives Spider's Web, a rarely performed, early-'50s Agatha Christie mystery. Like the body that turns toes up in the drawing room of lead character Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (Jessica Wiggers), this production doesn't have a pulse.

Carrollton-based Rover Dramawerks concentrates on staging "lost or forgotten works of well-known authors.'' Nowhere in its mission statement, however, does it say it will do them well. Their attempt to spin new interest into Spider's Webends up in a tangle of uninspired direction (by Misty Baptiste), inept acting (by nearly everyone in the cast), haphazard set and costume designs, missed cues and fumbled lines. The show never finds the crisp rhythms needed to sustain suspense or to keep the audience tuned in. Sometimes the pace drags so badly, it's possible to catch a few winks before the next character speaks.

There's not much point in reviving an old-timey whodunit if just sitting through it is murder.

Porn stars Tim Wardell and Leigh Tomlinson look rather uncomfortable most of the time.
Scott Hunt
Porn stars Tim Wardell and Leigh Tomlinson look rather uncomfortable most of the time.

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