Who dunnit? Figure it out Saturday

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, the Punxsutawney Country Club will take a step back in time to an era when mobsters and flappers were the talk of the town.

“The Mobsters, Molls and Marinara” dinner theater show will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Punxsutawney Country Club by Mystery’s Most Wanted, a Pittsburgh-based murder mystery theater group.

Take some mystery, add some comedy and a large helping of improv, and you have all the ingredients to a Mystery’s Most Wanted show.

The audience becomes part of the show in “Mobsters, Molls and Marinara,” as the actors portray audience members as patrons of a speakeasy, to include them in the plot of the show.

They find out that the character Vinnie pretty much runs the town, getting his information through blackmail and a little black book with everyone’s details, so the supporting cast has a motive to “get rid of him.”

What happens next? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

“This is the first show that we ever started with Mystery’s Most Wanted 18 years ago, and it has always been an audience favorite,” said Randy Oliva, founder of Mystery’s Most Wanted.

“Mobsters, Molls and Marinara” was inspired by film noir detective movies, and the costumes are mainly black and white to fit that theme.
“It has the good elements of a good mystery: The damsel in distress, the detective, you know ... all that kind of thing,” Oliva said.

Mystery’s Most Wanted differs from other dinner theater groups because its actors start the night by mingling with the audience to infuse them into the show.

Mystery’s Most Wanted has performed many shows in the city and various locations around Pennsylvania, as well as in Maryland, Illinois, New York and Ohio.

The shows involve five actors selected from a pool of 18, and the shows normally last about three hours.

The three-part show will include a dinner and dessert provided by Gigliotti Food Service. The show has a format during which the actors mingle with guests while they eat their meals, then they will perform the first two acts.

The audience will then eat dessert and try to figure out who the culprit is by filling out its “detective cards.” The audience member who gives the best answer wins a prize.

For tickets or more information, call the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce at (814) 938-7700, the Country Club at (814) 938-8243 or Abbey Pride at (814) 952-1409.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Chamber.