Murder in the Brumder Mansion
Milwaukee landmark a classy setting for ‘Dial M’
The husband’s conspiracy involves the blackmail of an old college friend played here by Michael Guthrie. There’s a certain unassuming charm about Guthrie playing a man who is being cunningly dissected by the villain in the interest of blackmail. Details are slowly revealed until it is clear that he has no choice but to engage in the murder. The gravity of that exchange works here as the action is drawn to the inevitable conflict. Played out in near darkness, that physical conflict is powerfully visceral in the intimacy of the venue.
The refined mood of the piece is served quite well in the performance space in the basement of the Brumder Mansion. The elegance of the historic mansion serves as a very fitting habitat for the icy, sinister villain played so well by Anderson.
Dial M For Murder runs through Aug. 31 at the Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave. For tickets, call 414-388-9104.