What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingenue, a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. This musical version of Rob Urbinati's Death by Design is more than homage – it’s a new classic, with a terrific musical theatre score that kills!
“Rob Urbinati’s idea
of melding Noel Coward and Agatha Christie into something new, something more,
is so brilliant it’s amazing nobody thought of it before DEATH BY DESIGN: A
COMEDY WITH SONGS AND MURDER. Snappy, urbane dialogue, delightful archetypes
and a dash of slapstick blend into some kind of stylized, comedic wonder. Two
clever tunes by Peter Mills add that perfect Coward touch to a highly
entertaining evening.” - Omaha World Herald.