“Strictly Murder” is a drama that brings a series of twists while offering a glimpse into an era characterized by fear and uncertainty.



The play, which opens Nov. 4 at the Penfield Community Center, is a murder mystery that combines these qualities to create a cast of characters who slowly develop until the their true colors emerge.

“Strictly Murder” is a drama that brings a series of twists while offering a glimpse into an era characterized by fear and uncertainty.

The play, which opens Nov. 4 at the Penfield Community Center, is a murder mystery that combines these qualities to create a cast of characters who slowly develop until the their true colors emerge.

The story centers around Peter and Suzy, a young English couple living in France in 1939 during the wake of World War II. As suspicions mount and tragedy strikes, audiences must decide who can be trusted and who cannot.  

“Each character progresses through the play, kind of like peeling back layers of an onion — you find out more and more,” said Director Karen Tuccio.

Despite the chaos surrounding them, the play brings a message of love and hope for the future.

“With all the horror and tragedy of war, the people find a way and a reason to go on,” said Tuccio.

It’s the Penfield Players’ second production of the year. President Jeff Moon compared it to the style of mystery novelist Agatha Christie or a thriller by Alfred Hitchcock.

“With just about everybody in the story, you never quite know exactly who they are, and that keeps the audience on their toes,” said Moon.

From the authentic French music playing on the Marconi radio to the costumes and living room furniture, guests will feel transported back in time as the story unfolds.

Ross Amstey plays the character of a police inspector in the play.

“It’s a great mystery,” he said. “Each of the characters have a lot of aspects, so as an actor, it’s fun to play one.”

The show will run through Nov. 19.