By Tyisha Ali / Staff Writer

A mystery spoof of dark Hollywood in the 1940s is set to hit the main stage of LBCC with the presentation of “Kill Me Deadly,” written by Bill Robens.

The LBCC Performing Arts Department will show a parody of a classic film noir. The play is directed by Gregory Mortensen. The term film noir is used to describe lavish Hollywood: the crimes, drama, sensual motives and the attitude of the 1940s and early 1950s.

Charlie Nickels, played by theatre arts major Jason Bowe, 34. Nickels, a Los Angeles private detective, is investigating the murder of a wealthy client and the theft of a priceless one-of-a-kind diamond. With the help of his secretary, Nickels must uncover how his client is murdered, who is the assassin and who stole the diamond. Throughout the case, Nickels is challenged to weed out many suspects when he comes across a femme fatale, Mona Livingston, played by theatre arts major Melinda Deltoro, 25, who captures his attention. Investigating the case forces him to question who he should trust. The play is intended to keep the audience guessing and laughing until the end.

Bowe said, “People should come see this play because it’s funny first of all and they should also come to support the arts.”

Deltoro said, “This play is for everyone, it’s a good time and we have put in a lot of work into this.”

Mortensen said, “I haven’t done a play this big in a while, there are multiple characters and sets.”

For the play, the students from the theatre arts program collaborated with contracted professionals to design and create many of the sets and props.

Mortensen said, “Everyone should come see this play, honestly, because comedy done well is always welcomed particularly now in these crazy times.”

The play will be staged in the LAC Auditorium on Thursday-Saturday, March 12-14, at 8 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., Thursday-Friday, March 19-20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Kill Me Deadly” tickets are on presale at $15 for general admission and $10 for students, employees and senior citizens. At the door general admission is $17 and $12 for students, employees and senior citizens. Purchases may be made at or 1 (866) 811-4111. The theater box office will be open one hour before the performance. LBCC has provided free parking in Lots D, E and F.