Considering the annoying lack of interesting female characters on TV and in movies, we're delighted to check out Mitchell Nunn's Ravenscroft, the newest production to hit the Long Beach Playhouse stage, opening this weekend. In it, we follow Inspector Ruffing (a male), who finds himself at a secluded house investigating the death of one crumpled body named Patrick Roarke. Then we meet not one but five wonderfully complicated, clever women of the household—each of whom may or may not be a dangerous killer. There's Marcy, a governess with a scandalous past; Gillian, the flirtatious lady of the estate; Gillian, the “charming but demented daughter” (she might be our favorite already); an intimidating house chef, and a frightened housekeeper. Who dunnit? There's only one way to find out.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 12. Continues through May 3, 2014

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