Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie"

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"Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The year is 1007, the place is the Welsh town of Gwynedd's Renn. It is a time shrouded in mystery and legend, when pagans and Christians fought with each other. The joyous summer celebration is taking place when someone is murdered.This is the setting of the latest Whodunnit Murder Mystery written and directed by Ann Waterman and Niles Welch. His fascination with Ancient Britain and its many mysteries led them to this unique storyline. But with Ann and Niles deft touch even though a murder occurs, the cast displays a light and comic delivery to the story with all of them utilizing fantastic Scottish brogues. This mystery is not only performed by six outstanding performers, it also comes with the excellent dinner prepared by the Johnson and Wales staff at the Airport Radisson, making it a highly enjoyable, magical evening of dinner theater at it's best.

This time period of religious beliefs and ancient rituals based on superstitions and supposed magical powers is delivered clearly to the audience by the clever script and the talents of directors and performers. Not only does Ann co-direct this show, she plays Aelswyth, the high priestess of the village who is hesitant about stepping down from her position, doing a great job with both. She also wrote the madrigal type song, "Will O' The Wisp" about a mishievious spirit whose flickering light leads nightime travelers astray. (The cast sings and dances this number.) The other haunting melody sung by Ann and Brian Lamothe is called "Black Clouds" and is about the bad times the village will endure due to the murder is cowritten by Ann and Niles. The mysterious Sheriff Blackwood is played by Brian Lamothe with a commanding bearing as a figure who tries to control the others but has some secrets hidden away. The gorgeous, Jamie Sousa is etheral as the new high priestess, Deidryn. She wins over the audience with not only her strong acting ability but with her lovely voice as she leads the cast in the first number. Jamie also narrates part of the show, making sure you pay attention to what is happening around her. Her poor stepfather, Endrydd is played by Steve Oliveira. He delivers a very comical performance as this dimwitted pauper. If you see Steve in a show, you know it will be a comedy. Geoffrey, the young man who is in love with Deidryn, is played by college student, Brian Boruta. He plays the stalwart suitor perfectly while he is pursued by another girl who has a crush on him. The other girl, Katherine is played by RIC student, Emily Farley who follows after her love interest during the table walks, leading to a great deal of laughter. All the actors do superb work in this show, making it a must see performance.

The added enjoyment to your evening is the sumptious dinner expertly prepared for you with three meal choices, pork loin, seared chicken and scrod. You also get a delicious salad mixture of tomatoes, cucumbers on a bed of water cress with a slice of Italian bread and house dressing. The dessert is a vanilla mousse in lemon sauce surrounded by a strawberry. Rolls and coffee are also served by the friendly and efficent wait staff. My waiter, Eric Glatter, saw to everyone's needs throughout the evening, bringing more rolls, refills of water and making sure you received the correct entree. (His parents, Mark and Estelle were at my table and were visiting Eric for Father's Day weekend. They came all the way to RI from Edison, NJ.) So for an impressive evening out be sure to catch, "Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie" at the Airport Radisson. Tell them Tony sent you.

"Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie" ( 14 June -19 July)
WHODUNNIT MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
Airport Radisson, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island
1 (401) 580-1668

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