The Mercyhurst University Theatre department’s production of John Bishop’s famous work, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” was a whirlwind comedic adventure.
Under the direction of Brett Johnson, Ph.D., this show had audience members bursting with laughter as soon as the curtain opened in Taylor Little Theatre.
The show was filled with creative characters who are so over the top that each has the potential to have their own standalone show.
When forced together in a 1940s Clue-style mansion filled with music, mystery and the potential for murder, the characters’ personalities mix together, resulting in a show that had audience members on the edge of their seats, holding on to this roller coaster of a comedy.
Each actor spent weeks preparing a slew of different accents and personalities.
This truly stood out as they ran around a professionally constructed set riddled with hidden clues and secret passageways.
Attending this show will guarantee an evening filled with laughter and will bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes as you attempt to solve the puzzles alongside the actors.
The cast makes sure audience members feel as if they are part of the show with a consistent breaking of the fourth wall, giving the audience a truly unique interactive experience.
Freshman Jon Reddinger starred as Patrick O’Reilley.
When asked what made this unique show so special, he said, “This is the kind of show where you need to hold on and wait to see what comes next!”
“There are so many twists and turns that make this show so funny and at times rather chaotic,” he said.
Reddinger added, “This is one show people are really going to want to see because there aren’t many like it.”
The show, which opened last weekend, will be playing for another weekend, so you still have a chance to see it.
You can catch it on April 6 and April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 8 at 2 p.m. for the matinee performance. The show is performed in the Taylor Little Theatre.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students or youth. Visit miac.mercyhurst.edu or call 824-3000 for tickets.