Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Nutcracker-Sweet Murders"

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"The Nutcracker-Sweet Murders"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Playwright/director Ann Waterman creates a wonderful holiday show murder mystery using the backdrop of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite music for the Whodunnit Murder Mystery Theater. Her 7 talented performers sing and dance to the difficult music written for ballet in 1892. Ann and choreographer/performer Terrald Babers do a masterful job with this show entertaining the audience so well with the humor, dancing and singing, it will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the holiday season by enjoying this clever yuletide show.

Terrald not only choreographs this show but does an excellent dance solo in it while playing a character called Roger Dodger, the Lodger, a man of mystery. Ann creates these amusing character names and chooses talented actors to play them. They all sing the intricate and difficult lyrics perfectly and execute their dance steps like old pros. The Nutcrackers are played by Fern Rouleau as Pistachia, Bob Levetin plays her brother, Walnott and Jamie Sousa plays her daughter, Almondine while the Sweets are played by Brian Lamothe as Saccrin, Melody Los plays his wife, Trifle and Brian Ottaviano plays their son, Cane. The two arguing families must spend every Christmas holiday together or else they will be cut out of the will and lose their inheritance. This ritual has been going on for 37 years and every year someone dies by "natural causes". Will this year be any different?

The family members give the crowd many laughs while acting up a storm. Fern plays this strong willed woman wonderfully while Bob chomps on his cigar showing off his acting skills playing her legal eagle brother. Brian Lamothe plays the bullying and bossy husband with the appropriate strength while Melody plays his long suffering wife with the right amount of humor and pathos. The two college students, Jamie and Brian play the starcrossed boy and girl in this with a great deal of charm and personality. The twists and turns in this Romeo and Juliet like story will keep you guessing to the final moment. Since it is a murder mystery revealing anymore of the plot will spoil it for you. So for a pleasant alternative to "A Christmas Carol", be sure to catch "The Nutcracker-Sweet Murders!". You will also enjoy a delicious dinner of stuffed chicken breast or baked scrod served with salad, rolls and chocolate cake plus coffee. It is truly a delightful evening out.


"The Nutcracker-Sweet Murders" (23 November - 4 January)
WHODUNNIT MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Greenwich Avenue, WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND
1 (401) 580-1668

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