Arthur Morison, center, with, clockwise from top, Frank Bachman, Michael Perlman, Hannah Kulus, Chris Dougherty, Chloe Hatcher, Mary Paola, Michael Kissin, Julie Ann Nevill and Jonathan Wells, will perform “Murdered to Death” at the Acadia Repertory Theatre starting Aug. 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA REPERTORY THEATRE

Rep brings ‘Murdered’ to stage

MOUNT DESERT — A three-week run of “Murdered to Death” by Peter Gordon, an homage to and spoof of classic English murder mysteries, opens at the Acadia Repertory Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Inspector Pratt is called on to solve a murder at a country estate, where he encounters a classic cast of suspicious characters, each with a plausible motive for the dark deed: the dodgy butler, the French dealer of forged art, the blustery colonel, the heiress to the victim’s fortune and so on, including one “Miss Maple,” who always seems to have the bad luck to show up just in time for a murder to take place.

Part comedy and part legit murder mystery, “Murdered to Death” is guaranteed to entertain even the most devoted Agatha Christie fans. It runs nightly except Mondays at 8:15 p.m.

Currently on stage at the Rep is “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised],” which runs nightly at 8:15 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 13, with a special closing matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Producer Andrew Mayer said, “If Shakespeare seemed dry and boring to you in school, fear not: this is him at his most entertaining. And having three talented actresses performing the whole thing makes it even better since, of course, women have been scientifically proven to be smarter and funnier than men!”

Also running is the 30th annual Acadia Rep children’s program production of “The Princess and the Pauper,” a modern update of the classic Mark Twain novel, being performed every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 27.

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