The Norman Transcript

December 13, 2013

Theatre company offers murder mystery dinner entertainment

by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Whodunnit Dinner Theatre has been “killing it” in Oklahoma since 1991, but the team of comedy murder mystery actors are coming to Othello’s in Norman for the first time this December.

The audience interaction format brings the audience up close and personal with the action during the dinner shows held in various locations throughout the metro, Whodunnit Dinner Theatre owner Terry Myers said. Othello’s, Italian restaurant at 434 Buchanan Ave., is hosting a show Dec. 19. Tickets, available at whodunit.net, are $40 per person and include dinner.

Myers said the performances are perfect for a variety of audiences including couples on dates, families, churches or corporate events.

“Each audience I think kind of gets different things out of it which is basically time to kick back, relax, unwind from the stresses of day to day life, and just escape for a while, like fun escapism,” she said.

The performance at Othello’s is centered around a game show theme where contestants are battling it out for the grand prize of $100,000, Myers said. When things go sour — leading to murder — the audience has to piece things back together.

“Throughout the course of the show the audience get hints and clues at who might be mad at who and who might have something to gain with the money,” she said. “One of the character dies and the audience gets to guess who they think ‘done it.’”

The group performs a new show every three months, Myers said, with original scripts written by Oklahoma Playwright Earline Cottet. Past productions included themes that centered around Sherlock Holmes or hillbilly weddings.

Each new script has approximately seven to nine characters, Myers said. Professional actors are hired for each new production with rehearsals running approximately a month before performances begin.

Myers said each script is fully written, including improv, allowing the actors flexibility to interact with a variety of different audiences.

“Even if you have audience members who are shy or just want to kick back — they’re going to have just as much fun as the heckler that wants to get involved,” Myers said.

The theater began in 1991 by Margie Madden and Peggy Lefte, Myers said, and was created for the intent of putting together productions that are acceptable for all audiences. All productions are rated PG.

To book a reservation visit whodunit.net. For more information visit “WhoDunit Dinner Theatre” on Facebook.

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