Photo by Tyisha Ali/Viking -  RED VELVET TENSION: Starting on the left, Kyle Ruebel plays Lord Arthur Savile, Sorlie Reeves II plays butler Bentley and Alex Shewchuk plays Herr Winkelkopf in the play “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.”
Photo by Tyisha Ali/Viking –
RED VELVET TENSION: Starting on the left, Kyle Ruebel plays Lord Arthur Savile, Sorlie Reeves II plays butler Bentley and Alex Shewchuk plays Herr Winkelkopf in the play “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.”

By Tyisha Ali / Staff Writer

Trying to commit the crime of murder before he takes the dive into a life of marriage left Lord Arthur in a frenzy in the LBCC Broadway production of “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” and it packed a full house.

The audience gave a standing ovation after viewing the mystery comedy written by Constance Cox and directed by professor Anthony Carreiro. The setting was simple and dramatic as a British kingdom would be and the mood was set perfectly. The play is the best presented in the Black Box among three in the last year.

Zina Almuonte, 18, a visitor from the Philippines, said, “I came with my friend to the play. She goes here. I think the play is pretty cool though. I was looking forward to seeing who Lord Arthur was going to kill and how he was going to do it.”

The play is based on a book written in the late 1800s by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile, played by Kyle Ruebel, who was engaged to a young woman named Sybil Merton, played by Gaelyn Wilkie. Sybil’s aunt Lady Windermere wants to make sure Lord Arthur is the right man for her niece so she has a palm reader visit and read Lord Arthur’s hand to find out his past. The palm reader has read Lord Arthur’s hand and foreseen he will commit murder.

The thought of committing a murder put Lord Arthur in an urgent mood so that way he could live the rest of his life happily married. Throughout the play Lord Arthur teams up with his butler Bentley, played by Sorlie Reeves II, and an overly excited murder radical named Herr Winkelkopf, played by Alex Shewchuk, and they attempt many ways to kill Lord Arthur’s family member.

After the many attempts of murder, which included poison, three bombs and a trick string, fail to kill anyone, the news comes in that Podgers the palmist, played by Chris Ramirez, turns out to be a fraud.

Lord Arthur feels free and after postponing his wedding twice he runs off to his wedding rehearsal, but his newly found friend Herr Winkelkopf is determined to prove his worth by creating the newest explosive.

Jesse Bosworth, 20, a technical theatre major, said, “I like that this play was a comedy and the set and the costumes were fantastic. My favorite part is right before the intermission when the butler put the pill in the candy.”

Alexander Hernandez, 25, a film major, said, “I thought the play was very funny. My favorite scene was any scene with the butler and Lord Arthur. The relationship they had showed that they really have good chemistry.”

The play was staged in the LAC Black Box Theatre May 14-17 and May 21-24.