Dinner Theatre Show: A Comic Spoof of Pulp Detective Yarns

Cast members of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s dinner theatre show “The Case of the Ms. and the Show Biz Whiz,” standing from left, include Michael Moran, Jim Ellis and Butch Maxwell; and Melody Meadows, seated, front. Also in the cast, but not pictured, is Karissa Martin.

WHEELING — A shady Hollywood agent tempts murder from his clients while he is under investigation by the world’s dumbest private detective — leading to laughter and music parodies in Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s original interactive musical comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show, “The Case of the Ms. and the Show Biz Whiz.” The play debuts Thursday, April 25, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling, and continues Friday, April 26 at The Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville.

The action centers on the incredibly incompetent private investigator, Elliot Brick (Butch Maxwell), who is hired by actress Dame Loretta LaDiva (Melody Meadows) to get her out of a long-term contract with her agent, the unscrupulous, shady fast-talker Harley Winestein (Jim Ellis), whose other clients include pop singer-with-a-substance-problem Amy Finehouse (Karissa Martin). While Brick pursues the most powerful agent in show business, he encounters the strangely orally dyslexic actor Sir John Feelgood (Michael Moran) and other shady characters (played by various audience members) such as the newsboy, Three Fingers, the street vendor, Apple Annie, the snitch, Blinkie the Stoolie, and Brick’s nemesis, Lieutenant Cleftjaw. It all leads to a very silly murder and some funny song parodies.

The Wheeling-based ensemble has been writing and performing original comedy murder mysteries since 1996, with more than 60 unique shows in its repertoire. The performances include audience interaction and the opportunity to solve a murder mystery, along with a dinner. Performances take place in a dining room, with actors moving about among the tables. Audience members are encouraged to gather clues, talk to the characters and even question the survivors after the murder has occurred. Some audience members will also play small parts during the show.

For reservations, which include a full meal and the show itself, call River City Restaurant at 304-233-4555 or the Vue Bar and Grille at 304-810-2778. Private parties are available by calling 304-280-8681.

For more information, see www.MysteryTheatre Unlimited.com.

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