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Our 1996-1997 Season: Mainstage

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The Real Inspector Hound / After Magritte

Written by Tom Stoppard

Two one acts from the master of the absurd, Tom Stoppard.

Inspector Hound: Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdfoot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.

After Magritte: "Harris, his mother and his wife are a kooky trio. Enter the forceful inspector from Scotland Yard with his constable - which is strange, notes the wife, for she had ordered an ambulance. The officers proceed to place the three under arrest. It is not clear why; something about a parked car, a bunch of .22 caliber shells in the waste basket, and a robbery of the box office of a minstrel show. But Harris has an explanation: he had parked near an art gallery to let his mother see some paintings by Magritte in which her obsessional instrument, the tuba, figured grandly. But then it develops that there was no minstrel show at all, and the plot goes haywire. Performed in New York with The Real Inspector Hound.


Lady Cynthia Muldoon (Hound)Christie Aviar
Thelma Harris (Magritte)Bridget Burke Weiss
Constable Holmes (Magritte)Philip Gordon
Magnus Muldoon (Hound)Hank Gundersen
Felicity Cunningham (Hound)Dana Hermann
Reginald William Harris (Magritte)Bill Joachim
Mrs. Drudge (Hound)Tc Leszczynski
Simon Gascoyne (Hound)Devon Mazzone
Birdboot (Hound)Michael Mooney
Inspector Hound (Hound)Dominick Palamenti
Mother (Magritte)Lois Sharrott
Moon (Hound)Stephen Toth
Inspector Foot (Magritte)Jerry Wyman

Production Staff

DirectorLaurie Toth
ProducerCarol Jones
Stage ManagerDebbie Gantert
Set DesignRoger Clark
Set ConstructionRoger Clark
Set Construction-CrewKen Anspach
BJ Brennan
Chick Lauria
Bill Massa
Don Ryerson
George Walter
Steve Zevas
Stage CrewJim Rorke
Set Decor-CrewIda Biase
Bruce Campbell
Carol Jones
Lillian Miller
Tom Moynahan
Flip Robinson
Sal Ruggiero
Stephen Toth
Dave Zimmerman
Lighting DesignJeff Knapp
Bill Marshall
Lighting Board OperationBill Marshall
Lighting-CrewDarcey Jacobs
Bill Massa
Robin Totillo
Sound DesignLarry Wilbur
Sound OperationLarry Wilbur
PropsRose Mossucco
Barbara Paparozzi
Props-CrewLaurie Toth
CostumesKathy Sommers
Costumes-CrewKathy Shubert
Make-Up / HairEllen Toby
PhotographyKen Anspach
Marge Gaffney
Program CoverLaurie Toth
PublicityJanine Wentz