B I N G O Spells Murder
The Stars Theater and Arts Center located at 123 East Vance Street in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina hosted the Murder Mystery Theater Dinner; B I N G O Spells Murder on November 7 and 8. The community theatre production was a joint effort between the town of Fuquay-Varina and the Stars Theater & Arts Center. The mission of Stars Theater and Arts Center is to encourage the development of self-confidence through the arts; specifically: music, art, dance, drama and technical skills through education and the art of theater. All youth classes, camps, and programs at Stars Theater and Arts Center build acting skills, speaking skills, leadership abilities, creative thinking, confidence, and self-esteem.
The evening began at 6 pm with appetizers consisting of shrimp, cheese and crackers. There was a cash bar serving soda, beer and mixed drinks. On vestibule walls, art work done by the students was displayed and available for sale. Promptly at 6:30 the doors opened to start our evening of mystery and bingo. We were assigned seats and had a nice dinner salad waiting for us at the table. I was seated with parents of high school students; Meghan Chung and Charles Robeson starring in the play as Jennifer and Greg a young couple in love wanting to get married.
The play took place in Our Lady of Almost Lost Causes Orphanage that was raising money to pay off the mortgage. They needed nearly $4000 to pay it off. They were hosting a bingo game with the hopes of getting the money from the game. Sister Mary played by Cindy Swank was energetic and did an outstanding job as frenetic nun running the orphanage. Her sidekick was soon to be Sister Maria played by Abby Cotton in this humorous production.
Their loan was purchased by a Mafia Don from New Jersey and his representative played by Jon Bateman, was there to collect. Bateman was outstanding as Joey Verricione, with his great Jersey Mafioso accent. He has been instructed to get the money and the property. Bunny DeVaine played by Laura Baker and Claude Chandam, played by Steve Tucker, as a married couple in which Bunny ruled the roost over her spineless husband. She wanted the Orphanage to redecorate as their home. Baker and Tucker played their parts well. Judy Tresmont, the bookkeeper played by Tina Early, is murdered and the money is missing. Now it is up to the audience to figure out who murdered Judy.
Dinner consisting of chicken parmesan with a pasta primavera with garlic knots served by the cast and crew was actually quite good, followed by cookies as dessert. The show was good and provided a reasonably priced evening of entertainment. The Star Theatre and Arts center is a great addition to the community and the entire cast and crew are to be congratulated. The theatre has several more shows such as Miracle on 34th Street in December, Steel Magnolias in February and Arsenic and Old Lace in May. Check them out on http://www.starstheatreandart.com
The Best of Rufus Wainwright was performed to a full house at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC on Nov 8, 2014. Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
He delighted the audience by performing such songs as: Hallelujah, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Going to a Town, Oh What a World and Montauk. While you may not recognize the titles, if you listen to the songs on YouTube you will recognize the unique style of this talented artist; Rufus Wainwright. He performed at the Carolina Theatre 2-3 years ago and I will definitely get tickets to see him perform again. Do yourself a favor and purchase a CD or listen on YouTube.