THE BASICS: This quartet of murder stories by local playwright Gary Earl Ross plays weekends at Ujima's Theater Loft through December 19th. The cast of nine has been co-directed by Ross and Bob Ball. The piece runs a little over two hours with its single intermission.
ABOUT THE PLAY: MURDER SQUARED (which I think just means "murder times four") is an affectionate tribute to late '50s-early '60s TV--in particular, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, shows which appear to have had a major influence upon the playwright as a child. Content-wise, we're closer to Hitchcock, but there is a strain of the fantastic in the final sketch, and the all-important, moralizing, tie-up-all-the-loose-ends narrator is a chip off the old Rod Serling. All four vignettes offer a surprise or two, and the opener The Engineer serves up some palpable tension. In the end, though, Engineer