'Guilty Conscience' still has four more shows scheduled
HIGHLANDS -- It doesn’t matter so much what the ads, posters and PR descriptions say about a play. What matters most is what the audience thinks, and it is truly said that “word of mouth” is the best advertisement. Many members of audiences who saw the Highlands Cashiers Players’ production of the mystery “Guilty Conscience” last week have spread favorable reviews.
This clever murder mystery by Richard Levinson and William Link keeps the audience guessing till the last moments when a surprise ending causes gasps from the audience. All four members of the cast, directed by Michael Lanzilotta, has been complimented on their performances. Veteran actor David Spivey, a real attorney in Franklin, plays the brilliant but ruthless defense attorney; Adair Simon of Cashiers portrays the relentless prosecutor; Lauretta Payne plays the attorney’s embittered wife; and Megan McLean of Sapphire plays his cute young scattered-brained mistress.
The play’s witty dialogue and clever twist and turns of the mystery brought rapt attention and numerous chuckles from audiences last week. “You know the audience is really listening when they catch the nuances and double entendres,” cast member Adair Simon, a Cashiers resident, told the Chronicle.
This is her first dramatic role at HCP and she is finding it very different from the comedic roles that she usually plays. “ I love getting laughs,” Simon said. “I love the timing it takes to get laughs. Doing a dramatic role takes a different sort of timing that put me off my stride at first. It is a weird feeling hearing my fellow actors getting chuckles while I am deep into the mystery part of the play. But, that juxtaposition is one reason the play works so well. The authors knew what they were doing.”
Performances of “Guilty Conscience” continue 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21. There is also a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee Oct. 22. All performances are at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 507 Chestnut St. in Highlands. Tickets are $27.50.
For information, visit http://www.Highlandscashiersplayers.org or call 828-526-8084.