Design for Murder

Mona Lewis

portrays Celia Granger and Zac Cooper has the role of David Granger in the Racine Theatre Guild production of “Design for Murder.”

RACINE — “Design for Murder,” a whodunit written by George Batson, is on stage through Jan. 31 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

“Design for Murder” tells the tale of Celia Granger (Mona Lewis) who is trying to maintain her magnificent mansion and the generations-old traditions connected to it. Unfortunately, she’s hampered by a significant lack of funds and the exploits of her squanderer, playboy son, David (Zac Cooper).

In the midst of her financial struggles, two members of her household staff are killed and Granger is jolted from daydreaming about the past to deal with the dangerous present.

Everyone is a suspect and the more Detective Carlin (Bruce Varner) searches for answers, the more dirt he digs up on Granger, her family and friends.

Directed by Michael Clickner, the rest of the ensemble includes Scott Kovacik (Moreno), Karen Magee (Louisa Cortland), Lori Russ (Martha Brand), Olivia Jardas (Kathy), Anna Marie Smetana (Mrs. Hamilton), Suzanne Maki (Nora Taylor) and Kevin Sustachek (Brent).

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 28, and 4 p.m. Jan. 30.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $13 for students. Discounts are offered to subscribers and groups of 12 or more. For reservations, call 262-633-4218 or go to www.racinetheatre.org (discounts cannot be applied to online orders). The box office is open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission.

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