Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Lady Anderly's Rose"

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"Lady Anderly's Rose"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Whodunnit Murder Mystery Theater's current show is "Lady Anderly's Rose". Welcome to 1929, the grande finale of the Roaring Twenties. Lady Anderly's garden party is the highlight of the social season, and the audience members are the guests of honor. But be careful, all is not as it seems, and one of the guests may be a murderer. Once again Ann Waterman creates a clever and intriguing script to keep your attention from start to finish. Director Melody Los infuses her 8 performers with the energy to pull off these colorful and varied characters, making "Lady Anderly's Rose" a joy to watch and enjoy by a very appreciative audience.

Without giving away too much of the plot, I'll comment on the talented performers and the roles they play. But first I must congratulate Ann on the pretty songs she wrote with clever lyrics for this show including an interactive tango to a song called "It's Poison". One of the loveliest songs is "Makin' Your Business Mine" sung beautifully by Laurie Shippee who plays Mrs. Edna Eskind, the meddling busybody who tries to run other people's lives. She does a great job as this snoop who appears to have a crush on Mrs. Anderly's handsome, playboy son, Jake who only likes to fool around with married women. The role is well played by Bill Doherty Jr. who also flirts with the women in the audience. His wealthy dowager mother is played wonderfully by Nancy Pinto who roams throught the crowd looking for a decent single girl for her wayward son. The sinister and mysterious Dr. Dennison is played by Howard Boksenbaum who makes him seem like a kind but not too bright man. The Amazon travelling friend of the family, Sam Sedgely is played with much humor by veteran actor, John Los. Beautiful brunette, Karen Tulli plays Lavina, a young reporter from the NY Post who writes about many subjects in the paper to try to get ahead in the male dominated world of the 1920's while NYPD detective Lt. Inowitz is played by Denise Aubin who gets to question the others to figure out who the real murderer is by ordering them around with authority. The final cast member is Erin Wilson who plays the maid with a secret as well as being the stage manager for the show. So for a topnotch murder mystery be sure to catch this show before it's too late. The enjoyable dinner during the show at The Crowne Plaza includes salad, a roll, melt in your mouth chicken or fish with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables plus a delicious chocolate cake and coffee for dessert. The topnotch wait staff meets all your needs, creating a splendid evening of dinner theater.

"Lady Anderly's Rose" ( 11 September - 9 October)
whodunnit Murder Mystery Theater
Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick & Hyatt Regency, Newport, RI
1 (401) 580-1668

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