Friday, September 28, 2007

Murder Me Always in Lancaster PA

From Lancaster Online

This weekend, guests can try to solve a crime between courses during "Murder Me Always," a humorously outrageous production with over-the-top predictable characters — but an unpredictable murder.

"It's a campy show. It's fun," explains director Janet (pronounced Janette) Wood, a costumer and drama director at Columbia High School. Wood also directs the scripted Ghosts of Columbia Tour.

"You don't want to sit down to something heavy at dinner. This is light. The script's a hoot. We're not talking Shakespeare here, but we laughed ourselves silly our first read-through."

The show is a play within a play, Wood says, full of what she calls "stock characters."

"The self-involved ingenue, the gum-chewing femme fatale with no brain, the pompous host... It's classic," she says.

The play within the play runs into all kinds of glitches, but the showstopper is MURDER.

Motives are everywhere of course, but what about opportunity and weapon?

"The audience is invited to help solve the murder. There's a point in the play where people have the chance to question suspects and gather clues," Wood explains. But there's no pressure to participate if you don't want to, she assures.

Prizes will be awarded for correct guesses, however, so be sure to be alert during the production.

"Murder Me Always" will be staged in the lower level of one of Columbia's most recognizable buildings. In its long history, (it was built in the mid 1800s) 200 Locust Street has served in various capacities — as a shoe factory, saloon, church, pharmacy, post office, school, Civil War hospital and more.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vested Theatre Company invests in Murder Me Always

from The News-Enterprise

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Vested Theatre Company is making a return to The Mulberry this weekend and are lightening things up after producing “Extremities.”
The group, including 11 cast members, will perform “Murder Me Always,” a murder-mystery by Lee Mueller for dinner theater at 8 p.m. today and Saturday.

Don Vest, owner of the company, said he has done murder-mysteries before, but none like this. “It’s a play within a play— people will imagine they have been invited as dinner guests,” he said.

After everyone has been served for dinner, the show will begin. It will include improvisation and audience participation, guessing who the murderer is.

The show is appropriate for all ages, though Vest said there may be some questionable language “every now and then.”

Tickets for the show are $25, and $20 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for more information call Vickie Grimes at The Mulberry at (270) 300-1743.