“The Tangled Snarl,” A CurtinUp Review, June 25, 2004

  A CurtainUp Review The Tangled Snarl & Murder Me Once. By Jana J. Monji June 25, 2004A retired police officer with a taste for the bottle has fallen into a profession that mixes danger, dames and death—private investigation. Spuds Idaho is a master detective who’s traded in a cop’s uniform for a rumpled suit and the perfume of stale booze. John Ruston and Frank Semerano have written two affectionate parodies of the 1940s hard-boiled P.I. Director James Reynolds, aided by set designer Victoria Profitt and costume designer Lois Tedrow gets, it more than right— but dead right in this Fremont Centre Theatre production of The Tangled Snarl and Murder Me Once. From Profitt’s shades of gray set to the exaggerated linguistic inflections of Todd Babcock as our anti-hero, Spuds Idaho, this production is faultless. In The Tangled Snarl, Spuds contends with a mysterious package from the dead Legs Flamingo, Flamingo’s beautiful widow (Mary Beth Evans), and Spuds’ own jealous, ditzy secretary (Daphne Bloomer) as bullets and food-related descriptions fly by with perilous precision. When’s the last time you’ve heard a corpse described as “deader than tuna fish on whole wheat” or “they sent him to the Swiss cheese factory?” The intermission is followed by the world premiere of Murder Me Once. Here our man Spuds finds himself in the posh home of a suspicious businessman named Coins Fountain...

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