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Gay actor Todd Waite finds fit in Christie's Hastings
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"She saw a murder mystery on stage
and said to herself, 'I could do that and do
it better,'" he said. "Indeed she did."
Waite, a gay actor, said Christie often
wrote obvious gay characters into her
plays and novels.
Her characters were intriguing, but had
she written herself into a plot, that character would have been equally fascinating.
She was, after all, a woman who took a
job in a hospital dispensary during World
War I to learn about poisons.
Though she's best known as a mystery
writer. Christie also wrote romance novels under the nom de plume of Mary
Then, there was her own little real-life
mystery. Christie disappeared mysteriously on the evening of December 3,1926.
By then, she already had a following of
loyal mystery fans, and she left them trau-
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matized. The police were certain her philandering husband. Col. Archibald
Christie, had murdered her.
Eleven days later, probably acting on a
tip, police found the mysterious Mrs.
Christie in a hotel in Yorkshire.
The official line at the time was that
she had suffered an attack of amnesia,
but in a book written about the disappearance, Australian Jared Cade, claimed
Christie staged the disappearance to
embarrass her husband.
Cade said sources close to the family
told him that when Christie was found,
she was checked into the hotel under the
name of her husband's mistress.
That plot might have made for a bestseller, but Christie stayed mum on the
subject of those eleven days in 1926.
In "Black Coffee," Poirot and Hastings
are called to a Surrey manor house by Sir
Claude Amory, a world-renowned physicist who fears someone is trying to steal
his formula for a weapon that is critical to
the defense of the realm.
The two men end up investigating
their client's untimely death.
As Waite delves into Hastings, he has
just finished the Alley production of "A
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
"I had a lot of fun doing 'Forum.' It is
so goofy and vaudevillian," he said.
He likened the experience to dining on
gourmet food and suddenly diving into a
hamburger and potato chips.
Waite said the variety at the Alley is
found very few places. The offerings range
from new plays by unknown writers to the
works of Edward Albee, Horton Foote,
Shakespeare and others.
It took that to lure him away from the
Shaw Festival, the second largest company of its kind in Canada.
"I came down here from Canada
because the Alley was acknowledged as a
premier theater," he said.
The fact that he will soon get his U.S.
citizenship sounds as though he plans to
stay a while.
Although he's single, Waite said he is
involved with someone, and that relationship has potential. He likes to take it slow
because when he does commit, he wants it
"I've said 'I love you' in that romantic
way three times in my life, and those are
my three best friends," he said. "The first
guy I had sex with was in Amsterdam. I
was 14 and he was 16.1 still talk to him
The Alley Theater is staging 'Black
Coffee' as part of its Exxon Mobil
Summer Chills Series. The next installment in the series, "Dial M for Murder,"
runs July 23-August 8.
Todd Waite is cast as Capt
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