Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Murder on 34th Street"

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"Murder on 34th Street"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Whodunnit's latest show is "Murder on 34th Street" written by Ann Waterman. Welcome to Santa's workshop on the day before Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Everything is a bit frantic as final details need to be worked out but nobody counted on someone murdering Mr. Macy. Director Melody Los directs her 7 member cast in this clever script with a firm hand and keeps the action flowing from start to finish. This show is a fun filled alternative to Christmas Carol and it involves the audience in helping Santa and his helpers to solve this crime, keeping you guessing "whodunnit".

The 7 hard working cast members include Howard Boksenbaum as the chocolate eating Santa and Nancy Bender as his wife, Merrie who isn't very merry at this hectic time of the year. The 4 elves are Brian Ottaviano as Nicholas, Alana Sousa-Pullan as Holly ( They have a great kissing scene which the audience oohs and aahs at.) Fern Rouleau as Eve and Jimmy Pollitt as Noel. (Fern and Jimmy are business adversaries who want to impress Santa with their business and computer skills and their scenes together are very funny.) These characters live in a fantasy world and don't believe in real people so it takes a fantasy person played by John Los to enter their world to solve the crime. The holiday spirit comes through not only in the script but in Ann's two songs, "Macy Is Dead" and "Mr. Macy's Lights". (The night I reviewed the show, I sat with 6 lovely ladies who work at Gemini Cleaning. One of them, Nikki guessed Whodunnit! Needless to say we had many laughs at our table.)

The dinner show was at White's of Westport and the food was absolutely delicious from the cheese and crackers to the desserts. (Melt in your mouth brownies, eclairs and cream puffs which seemed to multiply as the night wore on.) Caesar salad was the first course and the holiday buffet included chilled Seafood salad, Pasta Primavera, Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Seafood Newburg, Ovev Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Raisin Stuffing and carved Roast Prime Rib of Beef. The food was not only delicious but was plentiful, too. So for a most enjoyable holiday dinner theater show be sure to catch, "Murder on 34th Street" before it's too late. Happy Holidays!

"Murder on 34th Street" (10 - 20 December)
WHODUNNIT MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
White's of Westport, 66 State Road, WESTPORT MA
Airport Radisson, Post Road, WARWICK RI
1(401)580-1668

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