EARTH AND SKY, by Douglas Post, is a gripping and highly entertaining love story/murder mystery, very much in the film noir genre presented by Castle Hill Players. Yet again this company has excelled itself in its production. Here we are drawn into the gritty underlife of Chicago with its underbelly of murderous criminals, seedy bars and police with hats drawn low. It is a haunting mystery, infused with humour, intrigue and even the poetry of Dylan Thomas.
From the opening scenes, the play’s heroine, Sara McKeon, played with fresh enthusiasm and dogged determination by Kate Jirelle, is thrown into a confusing world of contradictions and danger. She confronts all odds with a certain naivety in her search for the truth surrounding the brutal murder of her lover David Ames, played by Jason Spindlow. Spindlow has a wonderfully seedy, sleezy look, he is an enigma – is he innocent or guilty?
Ben Freeman in strong in his role as the streetwise Detective H.S Weber and the almost bad-cop, good cop relationship works well with Blake Michael Paish as his offsider Detective Al Kersnowski. These two seem more intent on linking David to a previous crime that solving his murder. Continue reading EARTH AND SKY – MURDER, MYSTERY AND LOVE, THEATRE IN FILM NOIR STYLE