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Righto, love: A whole lot of deducting going on
CHUCK GRAHAM
Published: 12.06.2007

What will it be? Revenge or forgiveness? Seeking revenge surely makes for better theater. Check out the mind games in "The Business of Murder" by Richard Harris. This ingenious whodunit shifts into a howdunit before reaching its resolution as a whydunit.

Invisible Theatre has turned to secular counter-programming for the holidays by coming up with this crisp production directed by James Blair. The subject is murder, but the active ingredient is cleverness.
If you love to watch a good mystery unfold onstage, if you enjoy staying at least one jump ahead of the playwright, this show is for you. It is written in the grand old tradition of Agatha Christie, with a whole lot of deducting going on.

The story takes place in London, in the relatively modern time of 1981. The one-room set does include a telly that is turned on now and the…

IT's 'The Business of Murder' is an impeccable play

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PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 6, 2007:
Intriguing Theater
IT's 'The Business of Murder' is an impeccable play
By JAMES REEL

As audience members take their seats before the start of The Business of Murder at Invisible Theatre, Bernard Herrmann's music for various Alfred Hitchcock movies plays in the background. This is an important clue: Hitchcock was a master of psychological thrillers, not Agatha Christie-style whodunits, and it's a psychological duel that's about to play out on the IT stage.

The Business of Murder is a 1981 play by Richard Harris, not the late actor but a prolific British television writer who specialized in crime and detective teleplays. TV shows can open up and go on location, but plays are necessarily limited in their settings, unless the producers have a large budget or a very imaginative director and audience. Harris makes the most of the constricted theater, capitalizing on the claustrophobic atmosphere in an…

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Published: 11.30.2007

Mitchell is a must-see in Invisible Theatre's whodunit

By Kathleen Allen

ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Pay attention.

Pay very close attention.

In the first scene of the first act of "The Business of Murder," which Invisible Theatre opened Wednesday, about everything you need to know to solve the mystery is revealed to you.

Still, we're willing to bet you'll miss it.

That's what makes this genre, and this Richard Harris play, so much fun — it keeps you guessing, even as the clues are hidden in plain view.

The play — which IT first staged 17 years ago — is a pretty standard cat-and-mouse story.

Mr. Stone lures the detective, Hallett, to his apartment under false pretenses. And he lures Dee, the married Hallett's lover, there, too. It seems he's setting them up, but for what? And why?

Playing Stone is Douglas Mitchell, who is fairly new to the Old Pueblo.

He is an impressive t…