Inspector Davies, left, played by Cook Farmer, questions Howard Holt,
played by Allen Schuler (center), and his wife, Karen Holt (right),
played by Candy Thomas, in a “Something to Hide,”
a thriller playing at The Little Colonel Playhouse.
Mr. Farmer absolutely nails the archetypal character of an ordinary policeman so unimpressive in his detecting that one finds it hard to believe that he could solve anything. But of course, he does, owing as much to luck as skill. Equally effective was Elaine Hackett as the nosy neighbor Miss Cunningham, again essaying with aplomb an all-too-familiar character in the English mystery genre, the prying old maid/widower. Although not of equal importance to the resolution of the story, these two actors, veterans of many local stages, were key to anchoring this production against the tides of indifference.