[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n July of 2009, the 40-odd seat Theatre of NOTE premiered Bill Robens’ then-brand-spanking-new play, Kill Me, Deadly — a film noir spoof set in 1940s Hollywood. Tomorrow, a film adaptation (also written by Robens) will make its way to the Laemmle on Wilshire for seven screenings through April 7.
True to the original production, the adaptation pokes fun at all the film noir tropes audiences know and love:
“It’s 1947, and hard-boiled private dick Charlie Nickels’ client is murdered and her priceless diamond stolen. The investigation forces Charlie to do the one thing he vowed he would never do again: trust a dame. Kill Me, Deadly! has the look and feel of the classic noirs of the 1940’s: a classic love story with deceit, murder, double and triple crosses all wrapped in… comedy. That’s right, comedy.”
Darrett Sanders directs the film, which stars Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, Dean Lemont, and Lesley-Ann Down. Producers include the NOTE team: John Money, Darrett Sanders, Kirsten Vangsness, Wendi West, Phinneas Kiyomura, Dean Lemont, Kelsey Wedeen and Bill Robens.