LIMA — The neighborhood may look quiet and pristine, but that peaceful, suburban facade hides something sinister underneath.
This is the backdrop for the Encore Theatre production of “Murder in Green Meadows,” with performances starting tonight.
“It’s a psychological, suspenseful murder mystery,” director George Dunster said. “It’s psychological because one of the characters is very much a sociopathic, obsessive, controlling individual who gets more evil as the show wears on.”
Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as the layers of this pristine neighborhood are slowly pulled back to reveal tales of infidelity, violence and murder.
“Things are slowly revealed as you go along through the show until near the end of the first act,” Dunster said. “The second act deals with what happens after that. That allows people to decompress a little after the suspense of the first act. There are some very evil things that are going on, as we find out.”
Dunster was very pleased with how his cast, including Doug Norton, Maria Perkins, Kedryn Carpenter and Jeff Kerr, have responded to such suspenseful material.
“It was very intense, but it was very good,” he said. “I’m working with four really good actors. They really owned the characters.”
For local fans of mystery and suspense, “Murder in Green Meadows” is one show they can not afford to miss.
“This is one of the deeper mysteries that we’ve ever done,” Dunster said.