‘Maltese Falcon, is both funny and suspenseful,” Review, The Morning Call

Sam Spade and Brigid learn the secret behind the falcon.

By Myra Yellin Outwater, Special to The Morning Call

The Crowded Kitchen Players has spent a lot of time recreating the classic feel of a film noir in its production of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” now playing at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place in Quakertown.

This version of the classic detective mystery opens with seductively dressed chanteuse Elizabeth Buss singing the blues. Period background music gives the show a haunting atmosphere.The female members of the cast wear striking and at times dazzling black and white outfits, particularly Pamela McLean Wallace as the widow Iva.

Director Ara Barlieb pays homage to the story’s film origins by weaving in several video clips showing Hammett’s famed Detective Sam Spade, played with a suave and laconic demeanor by David Oswald, talking on the phone. Barlieb also creatively expands the small stage by having the actors use all of the theater’s stage levels.

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Sept. 30, Oct.1, 7 & 8 at 8 pm
Oct. 2 & 9 at 2 pm

Tickets: $ 18.- Adults, $ 14.- Seniors, $ 8 -Students.

Cash, check or credit card

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place
10 S. Main St. Quakertown

Complimentary valet parking on Fridays & Saturdays!

For reservations and more information, call 610.395.7176 or email ckplayers@rcn.com

Reserved seating with check or credit card pre-payment. Group discounts are available, call for more information.

The Crowded Kitchen Players has spent a lot of time recreating the classic feel of a film noir in its production of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” now playing at McCoole’s.

This version of the classic detective mystery opens with seductively dressed chanteuse Elizabeth Buss singing the blues. Period background music gives the show a haunting atmosphere.

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