Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap started out modestly - as a 30-minute radio play, back in 1947. But the success of the full-length stage version has been anything but modest. Still running on London's West End after more than a half-century, it holds the distinction of being the longest continuously running play in the English language. And that's not to mention all of the productions that Dame Agatha's whodunit has spawned elsewhere.
The most recent local staging ended a two-weekend run at Cockpit in Court on Sunday. If you missed that one - or can't wait to see the play again - you can still catch The Mousetrap at Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Pennsylvania's Caledonia State Park, where it continues through July 13.
Totem Pole's third mounting of the Christie classic since 1958, the production is directed by Baltimorean Carl Schurr, the theater's producing artistic director. The mystery is set in motion when the snowbound guests at a remote country inn discover that one of their number is a murderer. This thriller may not lower the mercury meteorologically speaking, but metaphorically it's one way to add a few chills to a steamy July.
Totem Pole is at 9555 Golf Course Road, Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville, Pa., 15 miles west of Gettysburg. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20.50-$27.50. For more information, call 888-805-7056 or visit www. totempoleplayhouse.org.