Our Current 2017-2018 Season:

Our Current 2017-2018 Season:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Gary Weinstein Channels Colombo in His Role as Detective Blore

Gary Weinstein models his bumbling Detective Blore ...



... on another famous detective.
Like any good magician, murder mystery author Agatha Christie is well-versed in the art of misdirection.  And in her classic “whodunit” And Then There Were None, no character is better at this sleight of hand than detective William Henry Blore. Gary Weinstein plays Blore in the Farmington Players production. As Gary says, “the diversionary tactic that Agatha Christie uses in the writing of this story is one of the things that I think the audience will enjoy the most – Look, over here while something else is going on over there – totally misleading you.  A true ‘whodunit.’”

Blore is a retired investigator for the Central Investigation Department (a C.I.D. man), who now runs his own private detective agency.  Gary describes Blore as “a Columbo-like character, who is selfish, self-centered, and doesn’t have a clue who the murderer is.  His simplemindedness lends him to be the perfect character for the play’s comic relief.  His Cockney accent and his suspicious mannerisms are the things that I find most challenging in this role.”  Blore’s obsession with food and drink is also cause for comedy … and concern. As another character complains, “Do stop thinking about your stomach, Blore.  This craving for food and drink will be your undoing.”

Despite its comedic moments, And Then There Were None is definitely a drama. Ten strangers have been invited to an island mansion by an unknown host. Each one has something in their past that they wish to hide. As the play unfolds, these secrets are revealed, sometimes with fatal consequences. As Gary observes, “one of the overriding themes of the story is how a simple act, or an accident, has the ability to alter the course of one’s life, and how, if not in the moment of the incident, we may ‘pay for it’ in the long run.”   

Gary has played a number of challenging and exciting roles on the Farmington Player’s stage, including Earl Noonan in The Vast Difference, Tony in The Full Monty, Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Robert in Boeing Boeing, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic & Old Lace, and Renfield in Dracula, to name a few.  As with his past Barn experiences, Gary “truly enjoys working with such an incredibly talented and dedicated group of actors, directors, and crew.”  Gary also likes golfing, travel, and working in his Novi jewelry store, Weinstein Jewelers, the show's sponsor.


And Then There Were None has 9 performances at Farmington Players Barn Theater from February 9 - 25.  The show is proudly sponsored by Weinstein Jewelers.  Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing boxoffice@farmingtonplayers.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mister Rogers’ Deadly Neighborhood: Did The Butler Do It?

Rick Mickley plays  dutiful manservant Thomas Rogers
PHOTO: Jan Cartwright
In the typical “whodunit,” the butler is always the prime suspect.  In the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery And Then There Were None, Rick Mickley plays manservant Thomas Rogers, and he is certainly not beyond suspicion.  In fact, all ten house guests and staff are both potential suspects and murder victims.  When the bodies start to drop, Mister Rogers’ neighborhood is most definitely deadly!

Rick Mickley is a veteran performer at the Farmington Players Barn Theater, and he’s no stranger to dark dramas, having played Count Dracula in the Barn’s 2013 production of Dracula. By contrast, And Then There Were None presents different challenges for Rick.  He describes his character Thomas Rogers, the recently hired butler of the island estate, as “your typical, loyal, competent, obedient, English manservant who enjoys his job and the luxuries it affords him and his wife.”  Mrs. Ethyl Rogers is played to great comedic effect by Karen Southworth, and she and Rick banter and bicker like an old married couple.

Rick says he has been a big huge fan of Agatha Christie “since I learned to read. Murder mysteries have always fascinated me, and she’s arguably one of the best. Reading Ms. Marple and Hercule Poirot methodically solving the crime, with the twists and turns through the intrigue and mayhem of Agatha’s mind, kept­­ me occupied for hours.  As a Pretrial Services employee for Oakland County, I see true crime every day. I won’t say that growing up reading murder mysteries led me to my position, but I absolutely believe it made me far more observant along the way.”  Rick observes that the theme of this show is “survival of the fittest. If you’re smart and sharp in this play, you stay one step ahead of the killer, but if you don’t....  Similarly, you have to be smart and sharp to get by in this life. Responsibilities, like murderers, just don’t go away by themselves.”

Rick is thrilled to be back on the boards at the Barn: “Playing Mr. Rogers will be an exciting opportunity to show the audience my love of theater. I hope they’ll love the play as much as I do!”  He credits his cast mates with “encouraging me with their hard work and dedication to their roles to be the best I can be.” Director Laurie Smalis and A.D. Rob Wise are “tough, and they are challenging each of us to find our character and embrace the role.”


And Then There Were None has 9 performances at Farmington Players Barn Theater from February 9 - 25.  The show is proudly sponsored by Weinstein Jewelers.  Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing boxoffice@farmingtonplayers.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.

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