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Agatha Christie thriller on stage

Stephen Kauffman, Cameron Johnson and Kevin Toole, left to right, try to untangle a murder mystery in “Witness for the Prosecution.” Photo by Allen Schmeltz

“Witness for the Prosecution” transforms Sutter Street Theatre into a tangled courtroom drama.

Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending. A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect. The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but there is a shrew that damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife. After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife.

So who is the killer? There are a few more twists and turns in the plot before we find out.

“Witness for the Prosecution” is directed by Maggie Adair Upton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday/Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 20. Tickets are $23 general admission; $21 for seniors and SARTA. Group rates are available. The play is rated PG-13.

For reservations call (916) 353-1001 or visit SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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