'Mousetrap' old time radio play pulls out all the stops

You'd think after 64 years, the mysterious strangler terrifying the guests of England's Monkswell Manor would finally be safely in gaol, as they say across the pond in England. But the murderer of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" still strikes fear into the hearts of audiences nightly, in a stage play that's been running in London's West End since 1952.

This month, the killer is at large Stateside, as Oak Park Festival Theatre and the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association present a radio-play adaptation of the classic whodunnit. Adapted by Belinda Bremner, "The Mousetrap" runs Oct. 21 and 23 at Oak Park's Nineteenth Century Club. Staged in the style of vintage radio shows, the production will feature live musical accompaniment, foley artists creating sound-effects and station identification breaks that plug local causes with retro-style jingles.

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