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"Murder by Post:
The Strange Case of Nigel Drew"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Welcome to Newport on October 31, 1904. Dr. MacCrimmon has been summoned to solve the murder at the Mad Hatter's Tea Shop. He encounters five mysterious creatures in trying to solve this mystery. Ann Waterman once again concocts a script full of amusing character names, the right amount of hilarity and wonderfully entertaining dialogue in the latest Dr. MacCrimmon shows for Whodunnit Mystery Theatre. From start to finish you will have a very enjoyable evening of one of the best original shows to come along in quite awhile as the clues unfold and the audience must help solve the current crime which is connected to a kidnapping 25 years before.

Ann not only has written the script but directs it with a deft hand, getting every twist and turn to the mystery as well as many humorous moments along the way. Her cast is topnotch as is the dinner that is served during the show. Veteran actor, John Los plays the Scottish doctor once again. He charms the crowd with his witty portrayal and makes this comic show, a real crowd pleaser. The other performers play various parts not only acting up a storm in their roles but staying in character while doing table walks. The intriguing roles include an old maid schoolteacher, a haughty bank teller, an apothecary who will mix up a cure, a spinster who likes to have her way with young men and looks like Morticia Addams, Elvira Gulch and Cruella De Ville, a mysterious creature who ventures out in the daylight and looks like a baglady and the capable captain of police. These excellent actors, Brian Lamothe, Allison Messina, Jimmy Pollitt, Fern Rouleau and Niles Welch play these intriguing characters so perfectly that if I say anymore about them, I'd be giving away too much. The various names Ann has created are as follows, Bellweather Hennypenner, Letitia Gravestone, Heather Black, Moth and Matthias Phenigore. She also wrote a song about the strange case which is wonderfully sung by the cast. To top the evening off, the delicious dinner consists of beet salad, roast scrod with tomato ragu or top round of roast beef or seared chicken breast with Chocolate Cranberry Truffle Mousse for dessert. My waitress, Jasmine did a great job, keeping my water glass filled all night long and being attentive to her customers needs. Brava to one and all who made it a most delightful and entertaining night.

"Murder by Post: The Strange Case of Nigel Drew" (25 October - 22 November)
WHODUNNIT MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
Radisson Airport Hotel, 2081 Post Road, WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND
1(401)580-1668

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