‘Unexpected Guest’
Vincent Chaisson (Michael Starkwedder), Lucas Pereira (Sergeant Cadwallader),  Sean Gardell (Inspector Thomas) star in the Bradley Playhouse’s “The Unexpected Guest.” Chris Atwood photo.

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PUTNAM — Summer is gone and the longer nights appear more mysterious. It’s time for the Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse to present its traditional autumn thriller. This year’s treat is Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest”, which opens Oct.  5 and runs for three weekends.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 21.Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students.
Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at or by calling 860-928-7887. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, either before the performance or at the door if available. Purchasing your tickets ahead of time is recommended.
The TNECT performance of “The Unexpected Guest” is co-directed by Kathleen Atwood and Scott Guerin. Vincent Chaisson appears as Michael Starkwedder and Alison Wiza is Laura Warwick. Other family members include Jo-Ann Gallo as Mrs. Warwick, Michael Pray as Jan Warwick and Mike Gallo as the deceased Richard Warwick. Valerie Coleman portrays Miss Bennett who runs the household and Nicholas Magrey returns to the Bradley as nurse/valet Henry Angell. Investigating the untimely death are Sean Gardell as Inspector Thomas and Lucas Pereira as Sergeant Cadwallader. Neighbor Julian Farrar is played by Jonathan Demers.
Agatha Christie fans know The Unexpected Guest will present a cast of very interesting characters who all appear to have a motive for the crime. Just who did it? She will keep you guessing until the very end and odds are you will guess wrong. You are sure to have a very interesting evening that will challenge your powers of deduction.
The Unexpected Guest opens as a stranger arrives at an isolated house in a dense fog after running his car into a ditch. He discovers a woman standing over the body of her wheelchair-bound husband. She admits to the murder and the guest helps her plan a cover story. Is it possible she didn’t do it after all, and if so, who is she shielding? The house seems full of possible suspects.


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