Murder Mystery Play Research Paper

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INITIAL REACTION & GENERAL RESPONSE Choosing a play was definitely not easy, in fact, it was probably the hardest part of this project for me. I am usually not one to dig into and enjoy plays very much. I am more of a musical theater person, I love to sing and dance. However, when this project was assigned I chose to think open-mindedly and chose something a little bit out of my comfort zone. Instead of picking a musical I love like ‘Annie’, ‘Legally Blonde’, or ‘Hamilton.’ I chose a murder mystery play called ‘The Mousetrap.’ Going into the process I had a pretty good idea of what the play was about, because I had seen it when Oconomowoc High School did it for their senior directed play in 2015, and then I also saw it again in December of that year with my drama class when the Milwaukee Rep did it. When I first say the play I loved it! I was so intrigued from the very beginning and all the way to the last second. That very night that I saw the show I went home and looked it on youtube and started to watch it again, and to be honest I rewatched it several times since then. After seeing it I started promoting the show, and I went and told all of my friends that it was something they had to go see and that it was written so brilliantly!…show more content…
The show opened in London’s West End in 1952 and has been consecutively running since then. It is the longest running West End show, and has the longest initial running of any play in history, with its 250,000th show taking place on November 18th of 2012. Christie herself did not expect for the show to run that long. In her autobiography, she states in conversation she had with Peter Saunders. “Fourteen months going to give it,” Saunders says, then Christie replies “It won’t run that long. Eight months perhaps. Yes, I think eight
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