Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Murder by The Sea: The Dark Veil Mystery"

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"Murder by The Sea: The Dark Veil Mystery"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current Whodunnit Murder Mystery Theater's show is "Murder by the Sea:The Dark Veil Mystery". It takes place in Newport and concerns the Asquith family curse. Unless an Asquith bride wears the gray veil, tragedy will befall her. The clever and entertaining script is written by Ann Waterman and Molly Lederer and directed by J Schaefer with great insight to all six characters. The guessing game of the evening is handled well by one and all during a scrumptious dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick.

The characters are all different from each other which keeps the audience's attention. The father of the bride is Captain Charles Waring played by the Niles Welch as the kindly but tipsy parent. His two daughters, Chesney and Melinda, the bride to be, are played by Molly Lederer and Emily Farley. Chesney is head strong and independent and Melinda is young and eager to please her father. Their priggish and strict Aunt Agnes is played by Ann Waterman. (Her threatening voice reminds you of Miss Faversham from "Great Expections".) They all play their parts very well and their interactions with the crowd, keeps you listening to their every word. Molly and Ann's duet, "Can You Hear the Bells Ring?" is beautiful with a perfect harmony blending their two voices.

The two scene stealers in this show are John Los as the very Scottish, Doctor Mac Crimmon and Steve Oliveira as the always rhyming hermit, Twiley. John keeps the accent going all night long and holds the outcome of the mystery in his hands while doing it. Steve in a black fright wig, a cape and a hunchback scares the crowd with his antics and his poetic lines are revealing. All six players turn in well crafted performances and strong characterizations with the guidance of a good director and a well written script. Kudos on a job well done.

The dinner is superb at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick and the entire staff is as excellent as the dinner they serve. Our server, David, introduced himself at the start of the meal and catered our every need whether it be more rolls, coffee, water and alike. He delivered the dressings, the salad, the main course and dessert promptly and courteously, addressing everyone properly. The main courses are chicken in wine sauce, pork medallians and vegetarian patsa. The dessert consisted of two delicious cannollis (the filling is firm not mushy) with a strawberry and chocolate in whipped cream, too. Great food and great service await you in Warwick at the Radisson Hotel. So for an evening filled with a thrilling murder mystery and exquisite food to go with it, call Whodunnit to book your reservations. MURDER BY THE SEA: THE DARK VEIL MYSTERY till 20 April / Radisson Hotel, / Radisson Waterfront Hotel, Providence and The Crowne Plaza,

"Murder by The Sea: The Dark Veil Mystery" (till 20 April)
RADISSON HOTEL
2081 Post Road, WARWICK, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
RADISSON WATERFRONT HOTEL
220 India St., PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
THE CROWNE PLAZA
at the Crossings
1 (508) 336-8873

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