"Murder at the Howard Johnson's" - light-hearted dark comedy

By Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, Directed by Kathryn Wooldridge-Condon

Opening this weekend at the Lindsay Little Theatre is “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s,” the 1979 play that postulates an interpretation of the question that’s been on everyone’s mind since 1993, “What is love?”

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This light-hearted comedy revolves around a love triangle between a married couple and a dentist. Arlene has decided to end things with Paul, but divorce just won’t do, so she’s convinced Mitchell, the dentist, they must kill her husband in a room at the Howard Johnson’s Inn. Neither are very effective killers and much hilarity ensues, bringing new (yet old) meaning to Haddaway’s lyrics, “Baby don’t hurt me, no more.”

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The set is well designed, making excellent use of the Theatre’s small space. This is key because the set is integral to much of the physical comedy of the play. Kudos to the actors for throwing themselves into their roles and embracing the antics of this screwball comedy.

Holly English plays the conniving Arlene. A graduate of Humber College’s “Comedy: Writing & Performing” program, English has performed stand up and sketch comedy at Yuk Yuk’s and Second City training stage.

Seamus McCann performs the role of the whiny husband, Paul. Eastern Ontario Drama League’s drama festival award-winner, McMann has been a member of LLT since 2007 as both performer and director.

Ben Whyte makes his performance debut as the philandering dentist, holding his own alongside the other veteran actors.

Although the subject is murder, the play never takes itself too seriously, making for an enjoyable evening of unending laughs.

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Performances at Lindsay Little Theatre

 Friday April 20th at 8 p.m.

Saturday April 21st at 8 p.m.

Friday April 27th at 8 p.m.

Saturday April 28th at 8 p.m. 

55 George Street West., Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 4V6

General Admission $20

Don't miss this time-lapse video of the set construction: