The newly renovated Mark Taper Forum has a great hit in “The School of Night.” The hysterical whodunit takes what we know to be true, adds bits of story that could be true and offers a whole new spin on what might have led up to the death of the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.

Was it his involvement in the School of Night, a secret society of progressive thinkers and atheists? Was it the fact that he was a spy for the royal court or possibly the court’s enemies? Was it his non-apologetic stance on being gay or even his alleged, unrequited love for William Shakespeare? Perhaps it was all of these things, or none of them.

Adrian LaTourelle portrays Marlowe’s patron and friend, Thomas Walsingham.

“We don’t know what happened, so that’s the fun,” he says. “This is a possibility. It may not be the most obvious possibility, but who knows what happened? I think that’s what makes it interesting.”

The company’s good chemistry crowns this performance.

“In all honesty I can say that it has been a pure joy from beginning to end,” says LaTourelle. “It’s been a perfect storm of wonderful personalities, interesting material and a really great director. It’s been a fascinating project to work on.”

With a tight script and brilliant acting this show will leave you highly entertained while you follow every twist and turn of the plot.

“Frankly, a lot of the political ideas being kicked around in this play are pretty attuned to what we’ve been going through for the past eight years. What is morally correct or incorrect?” says LaTourelle. “So I find it relevant to what we’ve all been thinking about lately and on top of that, [there are] sexy costumes and sword playing. What more could you want?”

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