Town Players Little Theatre, Newtown: Why look for the old reruns of Columbo mysteries on TV when it’s live onstage in Newtown? It was a sold-out weekend and a packed house that came to see the current production of “Prescription: Murder, A Columbo Mystery,” written by Richard Levinson and William Link. While there were many Columbo fans in the audience, some younger adults quickly joined ranks and enjoyed Columbo’s nontraditional strategy for solving murder.
Instead of a “whodunit,” Columbo mysteries show the crime and the criminals up front and then leave Lt. Detective Columbo to figure out “howtocatchem.” This particular case involves a smart psychiatrist who has the perfect plan for murdering his jealous wife and living happily ever after with his young mistress. That is until Columbo comes along.