Gaslight Theater rehearsal of “The Stranger” in September. From left are Matthew McLaughlin of Portland as Gerald, Andrew Lamb of Augusta as Dick and Gwenyth Fraser of Brunswick as Enid. Photo by John Rider

Gaslight Theater will present “The Stranger” by Agatha Christie at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium, at 1 Winthrop St. in Hallowell. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12,  18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20.
Directed by Linda Duarte, “The Stranger” is an adaptation by Agatha Christie, of her short story Philomel Cottage.

The play centers around Enid Bradshaw, who breaks her seven-year engagement to Dick Lane in favor of marrying the charming Gerald Strange, whom she had known for a mere afternoon. The two move to a cottage in the country in Act Two, and it is then that we get a sense of Gerald’s true character. Things are not always what they seem, of course, and a well-placed red herring plus Enid’s fascination with Scheherazade and “One Thousand and One Nights’ add key elements to the plot.

Gerald is played by Matthew McLaughlin of Portland, a new actor at Gaslight Theater, and Enid is portrayed by Gwenyth Fraser of Brunswick, who has been seen on our stage several times previously. Andrew Lamb of Augusta, also new to Gaslight Theater, provides some surprises as Dick, and Wendi Richards of Fairfield adds her charm as Enid’s friend Doris. The two housekeepers, offering up very different personalities, are played by Marcia Gallagher of Hallowell, a previous music director at Gaslight, and Jeanne Curtin of West Gardiner, also a first timer with Gaslight Theater.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.

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