By Tyisha Ali / Staff Writer

A missing jewel, multiple deaths and a hard-core mystery were brought to the main stage of LBCC in the Broadway production of “Kill Me Deadly” and it attracted full houses March 12-21.

The audience gave a standing ovation after viewing the mystery spoof written by Bill Robens and directed by Gregory Mortensen.

Martin Hernandez, 20, a film major, said, “It was really funny. I enjoyed everything from the beginning to the end.

The play paid homage to the classic hard and gritty dark mystery of film noir, a term used to describe the dark and edge genre of old black and white detective productions in Hollywood, by spoofing scenes and improvising in unexpected mishaps.

In honor of film noir, the Performing Arts Department showed a parody of a classic film noir with crimes, lust, sensual motives, sarcasm and witty lingo to set the tone of the 1940’s and everything was dramatic.

Charlie Nickels, a Los Angeles private detective, and his witty secretary investigated the murder of a wealthy client and the theft of “the most expensive diamond in the world.” Nickels is determined to uncover who assassinated his client and stole the diamond.

Nickels is challenged to weed out many suspects, deal with Mafia men and stay one step ahead of the police. When Nickels is framed by a femme fatale, Mona Livingston, he is forced to question who he should trust.

Emily Ayala, 20, a music major, said, “I loved it. It was so good. I like how you can feel like you are in the times it was set in.”

The actors in the play were professional and played their characters with such ease. The mini black-and-white film carried the play along as the audience watched Nickels think and drive while solving the case. The play kept the audience guessing and laughing until the end.

Crystal Gomez, 20, a psychology major, said, “At first I thought it was Clyde, but then I knew it was Mona in the bar scene.”

Ayala, said, “In the beginning I thought it was the butler, but all the evidence pointed to Mona.”

Gomez said “It was really entertaining. At first, I thought it would be cheesy, but it was really fun.”

Mario Provincia, 22, a theater major, said, “My favorite scene was when Bugsy (Siegel]) appeared and had Charlie beaten up.”