The University of Indianapolis Theatre offers Indianapolis a chance to unwind over dinner, as patrons watch the unraveling of a “whodunit” in The Murder Room. The play, by Jack Sharkey, is a send up of British murder mysteries, that will keep you guessing and laughing all the way through. Running April 16 through April 24 in UIndy’s Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall, The Murder Room promises to be a fun offering for Indianapolis theatre lovers. Tickets are $22.00 for Indianapolis people (which includes dinner) and $20.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID, seniors and groups of eight or more. Don’t miss thie mystery farce, The Murder Room.
The Murder Room follows the dastardly plot of one money hungry gold digger Mavis, played by Chelsea Anderson. Her and her lover are suspected of killing her wealthy husband Edgar (Alex Oberheide), but nobody seems to know where the body went to. When Edgar’s idiotic daughter (Chelsea Wood) arrives with her fiance (Lucas Souder), they serve to, unknowingly, complicated Mavis’ plot. As Edgar’s heir attempts to solve the mystery of his disappearance, involving one interfering housekeeper (Stephanie Kucsera) and a couple of bumbling constables (Michael Howard and Oberheide), chaos ensues.
This spoof of a whodunit is filled to the brim with inept criminals, inept police and stereotypical murder mystery characters, culled from every mystery ever written. Playwright, Jack Sharkey, combines elements of The Pink Panther (Peter Sellers style), Clue, Scooby Doo and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Telltale Heart” to create a nonsensical, crazy mystery. With lovably stupid characters, Sharkey hits the audience with everything he’s got, jamming as many laughs as possible in from start to finish.
Director of University of Indianapolis’ production and Associate Professor Brad Wright explains, “The Murder Room is a fast paced farce that include ludicrous wordplay and some sincerely dim witted characters. It’s Agatha Christie meets Abbott and Costello by way of Monty Python.” Don’t miss this hilarious romp through the murder mystery genre, which opens this Friday, April 16 at this South Indianapolis college.
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The Murder Room
April 16 to 24
Friday through Sunday
Dinner at 6:45 pm
Performance at 8:00 pm
University of Indianapolis
Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227