'Spider's Web' Weaves Spell

PRINCETON, NJ – You know you’re in for a treat with super sleuth Agatha Christie at the helm. Princeton Summer Theatre put on an entertaining production of the play through July 23.

Although it’s too late to see this show, upcoming offerings include “The Crucible, July 27-Aug. 6th and “Appropriate,” Aug. 10 - 20th.

Here we have the drawing room of an English manor, where the eccentric Clarissa discovers a dead body. Various suspects are drawn into the action, through an intricate plot of deceptions and lies.

Sign Up for E-News

The cast, under the clear direction of C. Luke Soucy, gamely takes on this convoluted tale. Abby Melick as Clarissa, is the dominant figure, married to Henry (Ross Barron) and step mother to the high energy teenager, Pippa (Meagan Raker.)

Melick perfectly captures the forthright role, doing her best to protect others while inventing outlandish explanations for the dead body as she is interrogated by the Inspector.

She is abetted by Christopher Damen as Sir Rowland, Peter Giovine as Jeremy and Pablo Milla as both Hugo and Oliver. Alex Vogelsang is Mss Peake, usually out gardening, but comes in for her own interpretation of suspicious events. Lydia Watt is Elgin, the maid \who we can’t quite trust.  

The handsome set of Copplestone Court, the Hailsham- Browns’ estate in Kent, was designed by Joseph Haggerty. Lighting by Alex Mannix, costumes by Julia Peiperl and sound effects by Naveen Bhatia all lend a certain murderous atmosphere to the proceedings.

Some actors tried a little too hard for British accents, which interfered with a solid understanding of what was going on.  Melick, however, provided a toned down upper crust approach, which made her dialogue especially clear.

Still, this was a fascinating romp through one of Christie’s mysteries that has been overshadowed by “The Mousetrap,” “Witness for the Prosecution” and other staples of her prolific output.

To learn more about Princeton Summer Theatre, which is located in the Murray Hamilton Theatre on the Princeton campus, call 732-997-0205 or visit princetonsummertheater.org/tickets.



Liz Keill reviews professional theatre in the New Jersey area, ranging from the McCarter Theatre in Princeton to Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. In addition to writing for Tapinto.net, she does theatre analysis for HometowneTV in Summit. She holds a Bachelor's in Journalism from Penn State and a Master's in Communication from Syracuse University. Liz is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, which holds seminars at regional theatres across the country as well as in New York City.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Union County 4-H Club Reaches Out to Help after Hurricane Maria

March 17, 2018

Student members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club reached across local and state borders to help displaced pets earlier this year. Through their “4-H for our 4 Pawed Friends” community service project, they collected donations to help St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison after the organization sheltered more than 700 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

A ...

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Cancer Recovery Program Session Begins March 20

A new spring session for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a 12-week cancer recovery program, will begin at the Berkeley Heights YMCA on March 20, 2018. The program is a research-based physical and wellness program in which certified Summit Area YMCA trainers work with participants to achieve their goals. LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA helps cancer survivors who find themselves in the ...

Discover Your Inner Ballet Dancer


This 8-WEEK class will be focusing on the classical technique of ballet in a fun and easy to understand manner. You can expect a full ballet class experience from working at the ballet barre, to leaping across the floor! No experience is necessary to participate. Easy to move in clothes, and socks or ballet shoes are recommended.


Diversity and Inclusion at the Summit Area YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is more than a swim and gym. It is more than a childcare center. It is more than a nonprofit organization. It is a welcoming, safe, inclusive and globally diverse environment.

For the past 2 years, the Summit Area YMCA has been recognized as one of only 74 Y’s in the country with a Diversity and Inclusion and Global Innovation initiative. Our Y is made up of people ...

Troop 368 Celebrates 9 Eagle Scouts in One Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Boy Scout Troop 368 of Berkeley Heights is celebrating the award of nine Eagle Scouts of 2017, with eight more in the works so far in 2018.

Aside from being the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn, Eagle Scout confers many advantages in life. College admissions recognize the award, giving students an advantage. Eagles are also eligible for scholarships open only to ...

NP Democrats Actively Vetting 2018 Candidates

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Democratic Club is issuing a final call for submissions for candidates who want to run for open positions in the 2018 election, which includes mayor and two council seats. If you would like to be considered as a candidate, please email npdemclub@gmail.com by noon on Sunday, March 18th, to receive further information on the ...

Thank You From Mayor Al Morgan

March 16, 2018

This past week will certainly be remembered by us all for a very, very long time. Thank you hardly seems sufficient, but it is the very least we can express in appreciation for all the incredible acts of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and volunteerism our community received this past week during and after the storm.

Thank you to all of our residents for their patience, understanding, and ...

NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

A group of students file into a science classroom amid a nervous din of chatter, the air is electric with excitement and nervousness. This small group of approximately 30 students are a studious bunch, largely members of the sophomore class with squeaky clean administrative histories. They are currently preparing to defy authority and stand up for what they believe in, even though they had been ...

A New Day for 529 Plans: Federal Tax Reforms Lead to New Possibilities for These Education Savings Accounts

March 8, 2018

Do you have a 529 college savings plan? Have you thought about opening a 529 plan account? If the answer to either question is “yes,” you should know about two major changes that broaden the possibilities for 529 plans. They may give your family some new options. You may be able to pay K-12 tuition with 529 plan funds.

The legislation ...

Chatham Borough Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Urging President Trump, Elected Members to Enact Gun Reforms

March 16, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution it intends to send to President Donald Trump and elected officials at all levels of government urging the enactment of "common sense, multi-faceted reforms to prevent gun violence in our school communities," at its regular meeting on Monday night.

Chatham Borough Council President Len ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 11:00 AM

New Providence

Zumba with Paola

Health & Wellness


Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM

K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center, New Providence

Cooking Class Teaches Portion, Calories and Food ...

Sat, March 17, 5:00 PM

Mountainside Elks Lodge No. 1585, Mountainside

Mountainside Elks Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Food & Drink

Sat, March 17, 7:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

Footloose, The Musical @ UCPAC March 15-17, 2018

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, March 18, 9:30 AM

New Providence

Tai Chi Chaun

Health & Wellness


Sun, March 18, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba meets Bolly DaZz

Health & Wellness

You Want a Check for How Much!

 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...

New Providence OEM Opened Storm Shelter and Warmed Hearts

The New Providence Office of Emergency Management opened its shelter at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, their first guest being a stranded motorist.  The storm left ¾ of New Providence without power. The shelter cared for over 325 people over the course of 6 days. 

The Shelter provided, heat, wifi, electricity, food and a safe place to sleep. One ...