Preview of 'Kill Me, Deadly' at Naugatuck's Phoenix Stage Company

Coming in March to the Phoenix Stage


by Bill Robens

Directed by Ed Bassett

March 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm
March 17 & 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Charlie Nickels has a hard life as a gumshoe in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, and things are only made harder by the murder of a client and the theft of her 300 karat diamond.

With the help of his wise-cracking secretary, Ida, Charlie seeks out the many suspects: smarmy bookworm Clive, equestrian beauty Veronica, snooty butler Wilson, sensitive muscle Louie, and mob boss Bugsy Siegel. At the center of the case is femme fatale Mona, a nightclub singer who captures Charlie's affections...and suspicions. Packed with romance, intrigue, and murder, this detective noir is a smart parody that will keep you guessing until the end.

The cast includes Rob Richnavsky as Charlie Nickels, Phoenix Veterans Heather Graham, Joshua Luszczak, Dan Willey, Marsha Gaylord, Lori Poulin, and Mark Rees – Making their Phoenix Stage Debuts are Emily Simmons, Alana Kingsley, Lori Richnavsky (Rob’s Mom) and Mike Schick. Some of the actors play 3 or more characters in this action packed comedy. Ya think?:

The Cast
Charlie Nickels -- Rob Richnavsky
Lady Clairmont, Patron -- Alana Kingsley
Veronica Clairmont, Lady Mary, Patron -- Heather Graham
Clive Clairmont, Hobo -- Joshua Luszczak
Mona Livingston -- Emily Simmons
Ida, Jaime, Hobo -- Marsha Gaylord
Laura Lynn McAllister, Maid, Hob, Patron -- Lori Richnavsky
Butler, Hobo, Bartender -- Leland M. Schick
Librarian, Hobo, Patron -- Lori Poulin
Artie Schotz, Stanley, Louie, Shirley, Jonesy -- Mark E. Rees
Fists, Bugsy, Henry, Wilson, Dewey -- Daniel R. Willey

Backstage with Johnny O interview of Ed Bassett and Rob Richnavsky

It is the mission of the Phoenix Stage Company to enhance the quality of life in Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley by providing quality theater experiences for the residents of Naugatuck and other areas in the state of Connecticut and providing training and education for actors, directors and others involved in theater productions and by providing an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions.

PHOENIX STAGE COMPANY is staffed completely by volunteers.  If you are interested in lending a hand (or a hammer), please call them at (203) 632-8546 or simply stop by - they’d love to have you as part of their theatre family!

For Tickets


From Route 8 South:

Take Route 8 South to Exit 26

Turn Right onto CT-63N

Turn Left onto Rubber Avenue.

Go 1.1 miles and we will be on your left (behind Bellissimo Pizza Restaurant)


From Route 8 North:

Take Route 8 North to Exit 26

Keep left at the fork, following signs for CT-63S

Take a sharp left onto CT-63N

Turn Left onto Rubber Avenue.

Go 1.1 miles and we will be on your left (behind Bellissimo Pizza Restaurant)

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Nancy Sasso Janis March 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
A "smart parody" opens at the Phoenix this weekend.


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