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No Mystery Why You'll Laugh

August 24, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
Do you want to laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and then laugh some more?

Well, then check out Mystery Theatre Unlimited's production, “McDeath — or Nothing Much About Doo-Doo” Aug. 27 at River City Ale Works.

I saw it a couple of weeks ago, appropriately enough, at Stratford "on the" Springs.

The River City performance is the last chance to see this comedy, which has been called, "the funniest show yet" by some who have witnessed it.

One of my favorite parts of Mystery Theatre's productions is when the cast members chit-chat with audience members prior to the show. I know most of the cast members, so it's sort of fun to talk with them as their characters.

All the players are very convincing in their roles, and so funny! In this particular show, Ryan Sears plays an incredibly accurate Allen Woodley, while Butch Maxwell is so realistic as the British rocker David Boney. (The leather pants were a nice touch!)

Here are some funny, funny lines to be listening for:

Dame Delilah LaDiva, played by Arlene Merryman, when considered for all of the roles in the Shakespeare play: "I love male parts — it's a shame they come attached to a man."

And, she also is heard to say: "If I want your opinion, I"ll give it to you."

Seems like LaDiva has lots of the funniest lines. As she's kicking a poor (invisible) dog out of the castle, she says: "Out, out damn Spot."

How about this little piece of humor: "We all have a photographic memory. Some of us just don't have any film."

Or this twisted Shakespeare line: "That what we call a nose would still smell."

I loved it when the "singing troupe," that called itself "Shakespeare and Garfunkle," sang, "Me and Juliet down in the Graveyard." ... (of course to the tune of "Me and Julio Down in the Schoolyard" and "Ophelia, You're Breaking My Heart," ... (instead of Cecelia).

And a bit of dinner humor:

"You want bread? Well, get thee to a bunnery."

"Not that I love Caesar less, but I love the house dressing more."

And, just before our dinner break, "A course, my kingdom for a course!"

Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli have been writing Mystery Theatre shows for 14 years! How they keep coming up with their satirical mystery shows amazes me. I've seen several of the shows, and they're all hysterical.

Keep up the good work guys.

For tickets to the River City Ale Works production, call 304-233-4555. Tickets include a three-course meal with entree choices of fish, steak, pasta or chicken, and the show itself. Doors open at 6:30. The show is at 7 p.m.


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The cast of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s dinner theatershow “McDeath or Nothing Much About Doo-Doo,” includes, from left, Ryan Sears, Butch Maxwell, John Reilly, Arlene Merryman and Bert Furioli.


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