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The Suburbanite
  • Dan Kane: Wacky comedy at benefit event

  • I laughed till I hurt at the 2011 murder-mystery fundraiser for the Tri-County AIDS Foundation, an outrageous laugh riot titled “Blood In My Hairspray.”

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  • I laughed till I hurt at the 2011 murder-mystery fundraiser for the Tri-County AIDS Foundation, an outrageous laugh riot titled “Blood In My Hairspray.”
    Its follow-up, a whodunnit comedy titled “Murder By All Means,” happening Jan. 25 and 26 at the Colonade Room Party and Banquet Center, promises similar irreverent zaniness from the same creative team. This one centers around a ’70s-era police-woman, Sgt. Honey Pepper, who uses her feminine wiles and disguise skills to solve the murder of a TV-station owner named Gloria who was hated by her every employee.
    Gloria, played by Kathy Boyd, won the station in a poker game. “She’s a ruthless businesswoman who has been sexually harassing everyone. We’ve decided to make her Jamaican,” said cast member and co-creator Don Jones. “The basic premise is that everyone wants to kill her but only one succeeds. Once she gets killed, we’re going to wheel her around and hide her at people’s tables.”
    Because Gloria’s TV station specializes in infomercials, “we do stuff about Viagra and juicers and Shake Weight and Fushigi Balls with all sorts of double-entendres,” Jones said.
     Also in the cast are Janet MacGregor-Jones as an aging hippie with Alzheimer’s, Cheryl Foutz as a Paula Dean-like character, and Jamie Stabile and Rufus Malone as rival salesmen. The audience will be involved in solving the murder over dessert.
    “We try to make it as silly as possible. We work at it,” said Jones.
    “Murder By All Means” will be performed at 8:15 p.m., following cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7. Tickets, which include dinner and show, may be ordered at 330-477-0806 and 330-933-0124. The Colonade is at 1900 Whipple Ave. NW in Plain Township.
    MORE MYSTERY FUN
    Speaking of comical murder-mystery dinner-theater fundraisers with alliterative titles, the Louisville Community Theater will present “Marriage Can Be Murder” at
    7 p.m. each Friday in February at Skyland Pines at 3550 Columbus Road NE in Canton. In this interactive show, audience members will attend a wedding and reception, and even dance the hokeypokey, but the celebration turns dark when someone bumps off the mother-in-law. Tickets, $35, include dinner (with choice of entree) and show. To order tickets, visit www.lctstark.org or call 330-323-1816.