Cut line: Chad Schmous, CC Bronson, Steve Cobb,  Lisa Guzda, Leigh Shein, Jodie Fox Costello, Marian Horgan, Margot Escott in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch  at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)
Cut line: Chad Schmous, CC Bronson, Steve Cobb, Lisa Guzda, Leigh Shein, Jodie Fox Costello, Marian Horgan, Margot Escott in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

By Patrice Shields
You are cordially invited to a traditional Jewish wedding at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs that is anything but typical. It’s the rabbi’s first wedding, the groom’s mother is distraught, the maid of honor is drunk and the bride is clueless. Or, maybe it is typical… until the Rabbi is killed. “Who Killed the Rabbi?” is a laugh riot that almost becomes a real riot and you are invited to eat, dance, and celebrate as an invited guest.
Audience members help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this comedy wedding murder mystery. Be the first table to solve the mystery and win the grand prize. There are two performances offering a dinner show option and a brunch matinee. The dinner show is Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm and the brunch show is Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am.

The very funny Margot Escott and Leigh Shein, who both teach and perform improv wrote and star in this show. “You will recognize all of your dysfunctional relatives,” says Writer/Director/Actress Margot Escott. “Just imagine, it’s a wedding you can laugh at and you don’t have to bring a gift.” Escott and Shein’s cast include members of CFABS’ notorious Improv Anonymous troupe, CFABS’ Community Players and some fresh faces to the comedy scene.

The widowed mother of the bride “Sadie Berkowitz” played by Margot Escott is not happy and she has reason. Not only is her beloved orthodox daughter “Sarah Berkowitz” played by Jodie Fox Costello marrying the ‘half Jewish’ “Steve Miller” played by Steve Cobb, but she is saddled with the clueless “Rabbi Leo,” played by Leigh Shein who is stumbling through officiating his first wedding. You will agree that Sadie should have paid the “MC” played by Craig Price better because he is just not making enough on this gig to care that this wedding fiasco is spiraling out of control.

And the wedding party does nothing to help things at all. One “Maid of Honor” played by Marina Acosta Miller is clueless and very drunk and the other played by CC Bronson loves gospel music more than Hebrew songs. The groom’s buff, wrester brother and best man “Chad Miller” played by Chad Schmous is distracted with his ‘I could have been a contender’ complex and then there is Sadie’s sister “Aunt Marian,” played by Marian Horgan who is busy supervising her pianist granddaughter played by Miranda Shein. Coincidentally, “Aunt Lisa” on the groom’s side, played by Lisa Guzda is both a singer and volunteer sheriff.

Margot Escott & Jodie Fox Costello in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch  at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)
Margot Escott & Jodie Fox Costello in Who Killed the Rabbi Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Dinner Show, Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm) (Brunch Show, Sunday, October 18, 11:30am)

Oy vey! As the title suggests, a murder occurs during the show and you as an audience member are there to help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this deliciously wacky murder mystery. If your table is the first to solve the mystery, you win the grand prize.

Besides the laughs, and lots of dancing, the redeeming aspect of this wedding is the food catered by Artichoke & Company. The buffet dinner includes Cesar Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Kalamata Olives, Grilled Chicken Medallions with Wild Mushroom and Marsala Wine Sauce, Penne Pasta with Creamy Pomodoro Sauce, Tri Color Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, Farfalle with Roasted Garlic Wine Sauce Prosciutto Di Parma Fresh Spinach and Pecorino, New York Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Coffee. Beer and wine are available before and during the performance.

The buffet brunch show menu includes Fresh Scrambled Eggs with Sides of Diced Tomato and Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Bacon & Breakfast Sausage, Assorted Muffins and Crumb Cakes, French Toast Casserole with Granny Smith Apples and Cinnamon, Bagels, Tropical Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Vanilla Glazed Strawberry Roll and Coffee.

You’ll be glad you came to this wedding reception of a lifetime and glad this is not your family! Tickets are $50 for members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $55 for non-members and $55 for all at the door if available. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance time. Tickets include dinner/brunch and the show. To select seats and purchase tickets visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org or call 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to select Live at the Center performances. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Deb & the Dynamics,” Saturday, October 17, 8pm, “Tab Benoit,” Wednesday, October 21, 8pm, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” October 30, 8:30pm (Center for Visual Arts Outdoor Stage, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs) and the “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for most events listed are available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) &
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $50 Members, $55 Non-Members, $55 Door for all if available (Ticket price includes dinner/brunch and show)

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