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Review: Catch Me If You Can at Cambridge Arts Theatre



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This classic Broadway thriller, adapted from French writer Robert Thomas’ play Trap for a Lonely Man, stars American actors Patrick Duffy of Dallas fame and his real-life partner Linda Purl (Happy Days, Homeland).

Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman
Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman

Appearing alongside them is Gray O’Brien (Peak Practice, Coronation Street) as Inspector Levine, who is called to a house in the remote Catskill mountains in New York State to investigate the disappearance of newly-married Elizabeth Corban. But when Elizabeth suddenly turns up, the plot twists come thick and fast.

The set perfectly captures the interior of a North American mountain home - complete with neat little touches such as a moose’s head mounted on the wall and stone brickwork - and the actors do a solid job of building the tension, amid some amusing moments.

Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman
Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman
Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman
Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O'Brien star in Catch Me If You Can. Picture: Jack Merriman

Patrick Duffy is excellent, displaying understated elegance and dignified restraint as Daniel Corban, whose relaxed demeanour gradually falls away as his problems mount - and one can’t help but feel frustrated on his behalf at times as everything appears to go against him.

Duffy is ably supported by the rest of the cast; Ben Nealon is delightfully over-the-top-yet-sinister at times as Father Kelleher and Linda Purl is also very convincing as the ‘is-she-or-isn't-she’ wife. The first act ended on a cliffhanger and then more characters were introduced in the second half, adding to the mystery.

The twist when it finally comes is a good one and one I definitely didn’t see coming - and that alone makes this play a must-see event.

Catch Me If You Can is on at the Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday (May 28). For more information, visit cambridgeartstheatre.com.

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