Kitty Doupe, who works for the U.S. Army at Hancock Field, lights up the stage as Zenia, a spooky Haitian maid, in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s current production, “Any Number Can Die.”
Since Zenia goes barefoot beneath it all, does it mean something more when she says, “Evil is afoot”? She also warns, “Beware of everyone and everything,” but if you’re willing to chance it, you may be rewarded with an evening of unexpected laughter.
The cast also features the lovely Rachel Grage as a ditzy dipsomaniac, George Glaski as an officious attorney, Jon Wright as a hen-pecked husband, Rachel Lees as a damsel in distress, Josh Wright as a conceited college boy and Brendan O’Toole as a nosy newsman.
BTG veteran Jon Barden plays a Sherlock Holmes wannabe who teams up with an Agatha Christie wannabe played by Patricia Walz, as the daffy duo attempt to solve the increasingly complex case.
Toward the end of Act 3, Josh Wright’s pompous frat-boy declares, “This is preposterous!” But that’s the whole point! In this case, preposterous is good.
“Any Number Can Die,” produced by Patrick Bridenbaker, continues at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12; a single matinee is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets cost $15, $13 for students, and $13 for seniors at the Oct. 13 matinee only; 877-8465; baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.