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54 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 "I'll Be Back Before Midnight" opens 1997 Second Street Players season The modest little killer/thriller, "I'll Be Back Before Midnight," traveled all over the world before coming to rest in the Second Street Players' Riverfront The- atre. Set to open the 1997 season on March 14, the Peter Colley play features a small cast, a one- scene set and a many-faceted, twisting, turning plot. The show was termed a sensa- tion when it premiered in a Cana- dian theatre festival in the early 1980s; and since then, it has been in production more than 400 times in 11 countries. It has enjoyed long runs with professional the- atres, and has challenged many amateur theatre groups with its suspenseful and funny plot and out-of-the-ordinary special ef- fects. Director Pat Erhardt warns au- dience members not to make any predictions about who will be left standing on the Second Street Players' stage at the closing cur- rain. He said those who might be left hanging might have company. Directing his first show for the community theatre group, Erhardt said that he is having fun coming up with solutions for the problems posed by unusual props and called-for creepy effects. The di- rector is usually on stage or heard on the radio using a variety of character voices and accents. With "I'll Be Home Before Midnight," he is the one worrying about where to come up with a stone- age ax or a stove that blows its top. The tale of a married couple who moves to the country to get away from peers and pressures of the past, the thriller is almost as full of humor as it is of horror. Re- viewers praise it as a work that is Lurking behind the sliding doors may not always be an oc- casion for smiles in the Second Street Players' mystery thriller, q'll Be Back Before Midnight, n but the cast enjoys the thought of bringing fright to the theatre. Shown top, l-r, Kane Mowrey, Tracey Lurid; (front) Mark Parisi, Josh Fein. an excellent mixture of comedy and tension that gives audience members a laugh just when they expected to scream. And, vice versa. Appearing in "I'll Be Home Be- fore Midnight" are Kane Mowrey, Mark Parisi, Josh Fein and Tracey Lund. Contributing with ideas and in- cendiaries for set and special ef- fects are Tom Craft, John Moore and Mike Capone. Responsible for make-up that must bring life, or in some instances, death, to the actors' faces, are Becky Chambers and Becky Craft. To take the edge off of the pro- duction and sweeten the experi- Continued on page 55