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PTC’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’: It’s not Spooky Season Without a Little Murder

Pioneer Theatre Company’s latest offering is the classic mystery whodunnit, “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Pioneer Theatre Company ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ title and Hercule Point (Courtesy of Pioneer Theatre Company)


Did somebody say murder?!

Pioneer Theatre Company’s latest offering is the classic mystery whodunit, “Murder on the Orient Express.” Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel brings the audience aboard the Orient Express when it departs Istanbul.

As the snow picks up, a passenger is found murdered onboard. The hero of this story is the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Tensions rise on the Express as mysterious events occur and passengers are interrogated.

Bonnie Black, Amy Bodnar, John Tufts and Edward Juvier (courtesy BW Productions)

Spectators Become the Sleuths

This was the first show I had seen from Pioneer Theatre Company and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The sets are marvelous and the actors bring their characters to life beautifully. The story keeps audience members drawn in from beginning to end. There are moments that draw laughter and moments where goosebumps can’t be fought off.

PTC’s is one of many retellings of “Murder on the Orient Express.” The 2017 film adaptation directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is the most recent. There was a slight skepticism going into yet another retelling of the classic tale. However, Ludwig’s script is clear and well-paced. It brings out a wonderful comedic side of the story which has been overlooked. Audience laughter is regular in this production.

There are also clues littered throughout the script. If an audience member really pays attention and tries to solve the case, they will. With Branagh’s film, you’re just along for the ride. There is much more sleuthing to be had with Pioneer Theatre Company.

The Company (courtesy BW Productions)

Fun, Color, and Story

“Murder on the Orient Express” by Pioneer Theatre Company is not a show to miss this early fall season. Best appreciated by older children and adults, this production has lots of fun, color and story to entertain.

As a Pioneer Theatre Company newbie, I will most definitely check out their upcoming productions as well. You should too.

See Pioneer Theatre Company’s “Murder on the Orient Express” Sept. 22 through Oct. 7. Find ticket information at or by calling the box office at 801-581-6961.


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