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Mayhem & Mystery debuts their 50th original script tonight

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Alisha McDarris during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, Monday, November 1, 2010.
Alisha McDarris during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, Monday, November 1, 2010.

Photo: MediaMoments.com/ Peter Wine

Dayton OH – January 10, 2011

Mayhem & Mystery’s latest production, “Tragedy In The Theatre” opens tonight, and pardon them if they take a moment to celebrate during the performance.

It’s the 50th original script written by Jerry and Tamra Francis, and part of their eleventh season at Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton.

The synopsis on the Mayhem & Mystery web page starts like this:

“The Charade Theatre Company is rehearsing their next big production. The Company hopes that a sell-out crowd will save them from a financial crisis.”

With that they’ve set the stage for murder.

It’s up to you to follow the clues (such as the arrival of “threatening letters” that warn the cast of “impending doom if they go on with the show”) and deduce who the guilty party is.

Tamra Francis (standing) during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, Monday, November 1, 2010.
Tamra Francis (standing) during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton,
Monday, November 1, 2010.

Photo: MediaMoments.com/ Peter Wine

As an actor, would a few threatening letters be enough to get you to quit?

“Some actors want to leave,” the synopsis continues. “The director tries to dissuade them. But when the director is found dead, it’s every man for himself.”

Mayhem & Mystery has become a Monday night tradition at the Spaghetti Warehouse because they offer an up-close experience, with the actors moving around the room, and the chance to show off your detective skills.

If you have one of the top three answers, you could win a prize.

The show alternates between eating and performing, and by the time your dessert arrives, you’ll need to know who the killer is, how they did it, and why they did it.

After they’ve collected all your guesses, and before they reveal the answer to the mystery, Jerry or Tamra create a little more mayhem by reading some of the more unusual responses turned in, but don’t worry... they won’t reveal names unless you’re a winner.

Audience members (standing) take part in the action during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, Monday, November 1, 2010.
Audience members (standing) take part in the action during Mayhem & Mystery's production of "Hollywood Holiday" at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, Monday, November 1, 2010.

Photo: MediaMoments.com/ Peter Wine

Even when correct answers are nowhere to be seen (say during at least one performance of “Hollywood Holiday”) they select entries to win prizes anyway.

“Tragedy In The Theatre” is running on Monday nights through the end of February in Dayton and Columbus.

There’s also a special Friday night show in Dayton on January 21st.

Seating for dinner starts around 6:30pm, and the show starts around 7pm.

Tickets are $25.95 per person (plus tax, beverages and gratuity.)

Reservations are required, and can be made at 937-461-3913.

For first timers, the Spaghetti Warehouse is at 36 W. Fifth Street in downtown Dayton. 

On the web

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Hollywood Holiday" (part 1)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Festival Fracas" (part 1)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Festival Fracas" (part 2)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Vacation Vengeance" (part 1)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Vacation Vengeance" (part 2)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Fiesta Siesta" (part 1)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Are You Brighter Than a Night Light?" (part 1)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's "Are You Brighter Than a Night Light?" (part 2)

Slideshow: Mayhem & Mystery's “I’ll Be Home Shopping For Christmas”

Article: I’ll Be Home Shopping For Christmas.

Spaghetti Warehous web page

Mayhem & Mystery Interactive Theatre web page

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