If Monty Python were tasked with rewriting an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the results wouldn’t be half as funny as The Murder Room, where “murder most foul” becomes “mayhem most farcical.” Mavis Templeton Hollister returns to her small estate in northern England only to find her husband, Edgar, waiting to greet her … which is slightly distressing, considering she murdered him earlier. She quickly “finishes the job” but Edgar’s disappearance sets off a remarkable zany chain of events. Plodding police inspectors, mysterious hidden compartments, dim-witted relatives and noisy servants all make The Murder Room an utterly charming place to be. Buffalo Community Theater brings this “killer” comedy from prolific playwright Jack Sharkey to the Discovery Auditorium stage.
EDGAR HOLLISTER David Hoadley
MAVIS TEMPLETON Deborah Schee
MRS. LOTTIE MOLLOY Jenny Robinson
JAMES CRANDALL Kevin Courtney
ABEL HOWARD David Hoadley
SUSAN HOLLISTER Joelle Strandquist
BARRY DRAPER Steve Ramirez
“Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers… it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well-timed dialogue of [The Murder Room] comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment.”
Based on the motion picture, we join Alex the lion, the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.
The upbeat score will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move it, move it”. This is another great opportunity for Buffalo and surrounding communities’ youth to participate in a singing and dancing adventure.
A touching, funny and warmly perceptive show with a spirited and lovable elderly couple – Ethel and Norman Thayer. The Thayers spend each summer at their lake home, but on this particular occasion, they are joined by their daughter Chelsea, her fiancé Billy Ray and his son, Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. After 48 years of visiting the cabin, the love story of Ethel and Norman is also complicated by failing health and has been described as a work of rare simplicity and beauty.
Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 14 nominations, including best musical in 2005, this musical comedy is adapted from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is a parody of the Arthurian legend. There are lots of differences from the movie, but some familiar aspects too, including some memorable musical numbers.
Featuring a cast where some actors play several characters, there is a lot of room for flexibility, which adds to the humor and is testimony to both the movie and the original Broadway show.
Whether audiences are familiar with Monty Python’s shows. or the Holy Grail movie, there are laughs galore in what has been described as a show with phenomenal speed, wit and cheek which will leave audiences weak with laughter.