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Andrew Wyke is a wealthy, well-known British author of popular detective fiction. Milo Tindle is the Italian-born owner of a London travel agency, struggling to make ends meet. On the surface, the only thing these two men have in common is Andrew's wife, Marguerite. Milo wants to marry her, Andrew wants to be rid of her, and a plan is hatched to help both of them achieve their goals. It all seems so very simple, but of course love and revenge never are.

As Anthony Shaffer's Tony-winning thriller progresses, we gradually discover that Andrew (Mark Capri) and Milo (Elijah Alexander) have more in common under the surface than one would expect. The dapper, arrogant Andrew draws his common man rival into an intellectual game of cat-and-mouse, but it's not long before the game turns deadly and all bets are off.

Circumstances of the game grant Alexander a wider character and emotional range, and he handles those duties with great assuredness. Capri plays the egocentric author with delightfully snobbish ease and makes scenic designer Tom Buderwitz's impressive stone-and-rafters mansion completely his own. Terry Hanrahan's stylish props smartly accessorize the enormous study setting, which is efficiently lit by Jeremy Pivnick. The sound design by Mitch Greenhill is clear and specific to the prop or set piece from which it is emanating. Scott A. Lane's costumes hit their intended marks.

As helmed by Michael Michetti, this is a solid production of Shaffer's play. And yet, there's a general feeling that the play could be kicked up a notch or two on the excitement level. Hopefully, that will come as the show settles in. But the production will still remain both enjoyable and entertaining, even if it doesn't reach its absolute height.

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