Nancy Drew & The Mystery at Lilac Inn
by Anthony Chase
Kenneth Shaw’s adaptation of Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew & the Mystery at Lilac Inn, directed by Meg Quinn, is a treat. Kerisa Yvonne Bonville brings plenty of pluck to the title character, and the entire production is brimming with the fun of playful imagination.
Shaw has designed the sets and costumes, propelling us back to the 1950s, a time before we might expect that a girl could outsmart and outmaneuver a gang of hardened criminals while zipping all over the county in her sporty convertible.
Danica Riddick is charming as Nancy’s enthusiastic friend Helen. Darryl Hart is perfect as Nancy’s supportive father, celebrated attorney Carson Drew. Arin Lee Dandes makes great fun of the nasty criminal role. Maria Droz invents another stilted but loving and delightfully entertaining debutante. Kerrykate Abel and Joyce Carolyn are entirely enjoyable as a couple of giddy yet imperious socialites. Kurt Guba and Guy Balotine take on multiple roles with wining finesse.
The plot moves quickly, predictably, and with great humor. Kids will spend the intermission devising solutions to the mystery on their own. What’s not to love?
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