Alex Ross, Robson Baker and Peter Robbins in Towards Zero.

Vagabond Players put on gripping murder mystery

Towards Zero runs Feb. 2 to 26

An intriguing play by Agatha Christie, Towards Zero begins when the frail and elderly Lady Tressilian invites several guests into her seaside home at Gull’s Point.

The house party turns sour when tennis star, Neville Strange, brings his new wife along, knowing that his ex-wife will also be present. Then events take a sinister turn as Lady Tressilian is killed, and Superintendent Battle, who is holidaying nearby, finds himself embroiled in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.

Presented by Vagabond Players, Towards Zero runs Feb. 2 to 26 at The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, New Westminster.

Diane Tzingounakis plays Lady Tressilian, the doyenne of the household, and Robson Baker is Neville Strange, her famous sports star nephew. Madeleine Halbauer and Alexandra Wilson take the roles of Kay and Audrey, the two wives whose rivalry creates so much of the tension during the ill-fated weekend, and Alex Ross and Shawn Hillman play Thomas Royde and Ted Latimer, the two men who care for the unhappy women in spite of their seemingly unbreakable bond with Neville Strange.

Peter Robbins and Sheldon Landry play Superintendent Battle and his nephew, Inspector Leach, and the cast is rounded out by Deborah Tom as the lawyer, Mattie Treves, and Abbey St. Brendan as Mary Aldin, Lady Tressilian’s devoted companion. Direction is by Miles Lavkulich.

The play is on Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and students.

Previews on Feb. 2 and 3 are $12.

Purchase at www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets or call 604-521-0412.

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