The Algoma Performing Arts Center on Saturday presents “Eat, Drink and Be Murdered,” a murder mystery by Rogue Theater about two feuding Irish families trying to get their hands on the Wild Irish Rose Whiskey recipe.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at the PAC, 514 Fremont St., Algoma.
Directed by Stuart Champeau and written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the show takes place at an 80th birthday party, where the McFaddens and the O’Rileys have congregated to honor the family matriarch, Grandma Rose. Trouble is, the two clans have hated each other for decades.
The hatred escalated when Rose, an O’Riley, married Finian McFadden and gave him the O’Riley’s secret whiskey recipe. Now the McFaddens are filthy rich and the O’Rileys are forced to work for them at the Wild Irish Rose Distillery.
Audience members will get to cheer and boo as the two feuding families go after each other. Besides Grandma Rose, they’ll meet Conor, Rose’s ruthless son, who runs the distillery; Seamus O’Riley, Rose’s nephew who works as foreman and dreams of taking over; Father Mike O’Riley, a priest with a lot to hide; Kathleen, Conor’s wife who has secrets of her own; Hannah O’Riley, Rose’s bitter, old-maid sister; and Nurse Kelly, Rose’s mysterious caretaker.
The plot twists and turns even more when it’s revealed that the cunning Grandma Rose has kept one whiskey ingredient secret all these years. Every week, she goes to the distillery and, behind locked doors, adds the ingredient to the mix.
Will Grandma Rose divulge the secret ingredient? And if so, to which family? What are Seamus and Father Mike plotting? Why is Kathleen under Grandma’s thumb? Does Conor have even one decent bone in his body? And who the heck is Nurse Kelly and why does Rose love her so much? Keep your eyes and ears open because someone will meet an untimely death, and it’s up to the audience to solve the crime.
Tickets, at $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at the Algoma branches of the Bank of Luxemburg and Nicolet National Bank.
In addition to the Saturday performance in Algoma, Rogue Theater plans dinner theater performances (tickets $35) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mr. G’s Supper Club in Jacksonport and 6:30 p.m. Friday at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, and a 2 p.m. Sunday performance at the Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay.