Premiered at the Vertigo Theatre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(under the title "Noirville")

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Film-noir style musical score available - contact the author

Edenvale is a small town with a big secret… a burned-out city cop takes on the job as police chief in a small town, only to find more danger than he ever faced on the mean streets of the big city. 


"STAGE PICK" by the Calgary Herald:  "Chantal Perron brings back the blonde bombshell to the Calgary Stage as the Vertigo Theatre brings its very homage the film noir.  A World Premiere by playwright Peter Colley, watch the show and then rush out and buy some old Bogie flicks and see how they hold up against this new noir." 


ORILLIA OPERA HOUSE - CANADA  July 3 - 27 2012

 

    
  "Peter Colley's new play is a crackerjack parody destined to be a staple of 
regional theatres everywhere."   The Calgary Herald

   

  "Peter Colley's new play embodies the very essence of film noir onstage."

    

"You will find yourself engrossed in an edge of your seat "whodunit" where you simply won't know  how it 
all ends. You'll be laughing one minute, then holding your breath in the next as guns are drawn and
 the plot thickens.  Fitting the genre perfectly, this comedy/thriller focuses on nothing being quite as it seems." 

    


Click above to see Orillia Opera House video.  
NOTE: Despite the serious "noir" look of the promo, the play is a comic parody of the genre.


The Kanata Theatre near Ottawa, in 2014, and in 2013 at The Beatniks Theatre just south of Chicago

"An entertaining gem... this is a 'cinematic' show with lighting effects and music
which highlights the suspense and foreboding - just as if you were watching a movie." 

Edenvale is a small town with a big secret… a burned-out city cop takes on the job as police chief in a small town, only to find more danger than he ever faced on the mean streets of the big city.  As the sun sets over the town, its pretty sunlit world turns into a place of darkness, deception and decadence, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Description from The Beatnicks Theatre, near Chicago 2013:
"A hardened, street-wise detective, becomes the new sheriff in a mysterious urban berg.  He is immediately beset by a cast of devious, beautiful, and dangerous characters who are not quite what they seem.  He soon discovers a dark secret underlying the politics of this community and finds himself in the middle of murder, mayhem and intrigue, in this Film Noir Style thriller comedy."

"Shadow Of A Blonde" (Noirville) was nominated for two awards for the Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary's version of the Tony Awards). 

REVIEWS FROM:

             

   The Calgary Herald    The Calgary Sun    Canada.com

   "Peter Colley's new play is a crackerjack parody destined to be a staple of regional theatres everywhere." 

  "A smart and stylish production - a lively and broadly entertaining addition to the whodunit genre."   

  "Colley has a gift at capturing the flavor of the old film noir movies especially in his characters and their dialogue."  

  "Colley creates a tightly-drawn two-act world... and obviously knows well the conventions of the cautionary darkness that shines through such hard-boiled Hollywood classic tales from the 1940s and 1950s as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and Touch Of Evil - and he knows too, when to play with those conventions, and when to simply play along with them, creating an engaging comic rhythm."   

  "Colley has an affection for the hard-boiled detective flicks of the 1940s which makes for some great laughs."   
  "Pick of the week."  

  "Peter Colley's new play embodies the very essence of film noir onstage."

  "Joe (the hero) is as fast on the verbal draw as any laconic film-noir anti-hero (think Bogart's Philip Marlowe)." 

  "The real danger in this town is the sensuous and serpentine Evelyn MacAllister (Chantal Perron).  Perron is dynamite as a sultry Veronica Lake or Lauren Bacall type - and, boy, does she do justice to the sexy period costumes." 

  "A surprising plot portrayed by a spirited five-member cast."  

To read an interview with Peter Colley on film noir by The Calgary Herald: CLICK HERE

"You will find yourself engrossed in an edge of your seat "whodunit" where you simply won't know how it all ends. You'll be laughing one minute, then holding your breath in the next as guns are drawn and the plot thickens. Fitting the genre perfectly, this comedy/thriller focuses on nothing being quite as it seems." Ottawa Community News 

Directed by Mark Bellamy

     

    

     

    


     

    

     


    

     


    

     


    

     

    


     

    


     

    


     

    


     

    


     

    


     

    

     


    

     


    


     


    

     


    

     


    

Click above to see the Vertigo Theatre's promotional video.
NOTE: Despite the serious "noir" look of the promo, the play is a comic parody of the genre.
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