April 2019 — Move over — or roll over — Agatha Christie! It’s About Time Productions is about to unveil a mystery dinner show that spoofs old-fashioned whodunits, the medical profession, “female problems” and theater folks with “Murder on the Oriental Rug.”
Penned by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the show is a play within a play. When half of the cast of “Murder on the Oriental Rug” bails out, the remaining performers are stuck playing all the roles. During the first act, you’ll meet a Shakespearean actor with a drinking problem, a washed-up former child star, a bimbo with a short memory, and a hapless costumer who finds herself onstage — playing a man.
During the play within a play, you’ll visit the exclusive clinic of Dr. Charles Ovary, renowned hot flash specialist who’s secretly treating a famous actress trying desperately to regain her youth. You’ll get to know the doctor’s clueless wife, his passionate female protégé, the actress’s hunky husband, a flighty French maid, a shifty handyman and an inspector investigating the dead body on the Oriental rug.
Will the play make it to Broadway? Will the performers remember their lines? Will the Shakespearean actor fit into the maid’s costume? Will the chalk outline come out of the rug? Will the inspector solve the murder? Will another murder occur?
Before the evening’s over, someone else will be ruthlessly murdered, and it’s up to the audience to solve the crime. Winners will be drawn from those who correctly guess the murderer and motive.
The curtain rises for one night only on Friday, April 27, at the Florence Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St.
What can you expect from an audience participation murder mystery? Fun the minute you walk in the door! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., when you’ll get a chance to have a cocktail, if you desire, and mingle. At 6 pm, attendees will enjoy a delicious dinner. The show starts after dinner, around 7 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner and show are $45. For information and reservations, call 541-999-9392 or 541-999-3027. Reservations must be made in advance.
Elk membership is not required.