Absolute Theatre’s production of “Murder on the Orient Express” was just hitting its stride as COVID-19 hit Minnesota.

Its short run had garnered high ticket sales and plenty of praise until the outbreak shut down live theater.

“Basically, the train just stopped in its tracks,” said Suzie Hansen, director of the stage production adapted by Ken Ludwig from the 1934 novel. “It just kind of feels like it was left unfinished.”

The cast has returned to pick up where they left off — sort of.

Blocking of the show will be different to keep cast members from being too close.

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Even before they could reunite on stage, cast members met for virtual rehearsals to keep their lines fresh.

Performances will continue at Les Fields Hall at the Castle Community beginning Sept. 17. Seats are available as tables of one to four people. Hansen asks larger parties to call ahead for seating. Different parties will not share tables.

If you go

What: Absolute Theatre’s "Murder on the Orient Express"

Where: Les Fields Hall, The Castle

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 19; 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20; 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 26

Tickets: Tables of one to four people at $25 per person. Available online at: https://www.absolutetheatre.org/box-office

More info: Masks are required on the premises at all times.