Valley Players production has a 'Catch'
Long before Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the movie "Catch Me If You Can," theater audiences were enjoying a suspenseful comedy by the same name.
The title is the only thing the movie and play have in common. The theater version offers a few laughs wrapped in a possible murder mystery.
"It's an interesting play because it's a mystery and a comedy," says actress Angela Godin. "There's an interesting twist at the end."
That's about all the stars of the Ligonier Valley Players production will say about the play "Catch Me If You Can." It is one of those shows that are hard to describe without ruining the plot.
The story begins with Daniel Corban (Richard Wydro) and his new bride, Elizabeth (Godin), arriving at a mountain retreat. Daniel's boss provided the cabin in the Catskills Mountains as a wedding present for the young couple, who seem madly in love until something happens.
Daniel calls the police, claiming that his wife has disappeared. Inspector Levine arrives at the scene only to discover a young woman claiming to be the wife. Daniel insists that she is not his wife. But a priest supports her story. Who is she• Is she really Elizabeth Corban• If not, what happened to the real Elizabeth?
"He could be confused," says Godin. "He could be telling the truth. He tries to convince everyone that I am not his wife."
Godin, a theater major at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, enjoys the suspenseful nature of the play and the multiple twists that will keep an audience guessing.
"She's a sweet character," says Godin. "You see she's a loving wife, but then there's a twist and she doesn't seem so sweet."
Dominic Camarote agrees the plot twists and "the ending make the show." He wanted to play the role of Inspector Levine as soon as he read the script. Camarote based his detective on one of his favorite television detectives.
"You would have to say he's someone like Columbo," says Camarote of Latrobe. "Columbo was always one of my favorites. He was a master detective."
Like Columbo, Levine continually asks questions while switching back and forth from good cop to bad cop.
"He's kind of a country cop," says Camarote. "He plays likes he's not on top of anything. He is constantly setting them up, playing the good cop. Then he plays the aggressive cop."
Keeping audiences guessing is what the play by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert does best. Was there or wasn't there a murder• Did Elizabeth disappear or is she sitting in the room• Is Daniel telling the truth or lying• The audience will have to wait until the final minutes to learn the answer.
'Catch Me If You Can'Produced by: The Valley Players of Ligonier
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28
Tickets: $12, $10 for senior citizens and students
Where: The Ligonier Theater, 208 West Main St., Ligonier
Details: 724-238-6514, Ext. 2, or www.valleyplayers.org