I was surprised upon reading a Wikipedia entry on Agatha Christie to find out that the queen of literary crime is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the best-selling novelist of all time. She also wrote a wealth of short stories, including 1925’s “The Witness for the Prosecution.” It was adapted into a play, and later a 1957 film starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. The play is currently being staged at Albuquerque Little Theatre, showing tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Read all about ALT’s version of Witness for the Prosecution.
Emily French has been murdered. The rich but lonely 56-year-old was whacked in the back of the head with a blunt object in the living room of her English townhouse. Young, handsome and broke Leonard Vole is suspected, since he only recently befriended Miss French and yet is the sole beneficiary of her will. But then there’s French’s bitter housekeeper to consider and Vole’s calculating foreign wife, Romaine. This is the setup for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, being staged by Albuquerque Little Theatre.