So ends yet another wonderful, memorable experience. TaLi Lo is a new non-profit production company in its infancy started by a true theatre lover with the help of her two sisters. I think this is just great. She plans to have stage extravaganzas periodically at the Quarterline Cafe. A portion of each ticket sale will go to a group of her choosing that is near to her heart. Two dollars from each ticket for He Crossed That Line is going to the county hospital’s cardiac wing.
As for the show itself, it was a delightful murder-mystery full of suspense, suspicion, and improvisation fun! The victim, Joe Coffee (the evening’s Elvis tribute artist) has been murdered. FBI Agent Herman Clueso (no relation) is called in on his first case after finishing 97th out of 103rd in his graduating class.
- Miss Honey Dew… the 19 year-old widow of the 40 year old victim. Funny how she has no clue who the King of Rock and Roll is.
- Mrs. Lola Finkelmeyer… married to golf pro, Lester (Less for short, “Less is apparently more”). It seems that old Tiger Woods has been hitting 18 hoes (err. holes). A close school friend of the victim.
- Lacy Loveless… pregnant school mate of Joe and Lola. But all is not as it seems.
- Boobsie McGee another classmate of Lacy, Joe, and Lola. Seems to have very close ties to Lacy.
- Guido Zuckerstein… the owner of the restaurant where the murder took place. An Italian-Jew… mother Italian, father Jewish (“eh, This is a America”). Possible ties to organized crime and to Honey Dew.
- Brittawney Rockefeller Dinglesmoocher… yet another schoolmate of Joe, Lola, Lacy, and Boobsie. Apparently, a decendant of the Rockefeller clan.
Agent Clueso’s (and the audience’s) mission… to piece together the clues and determine whodunit and why. The clues come at a terrific pace while the characters and audience enjoy a sumptuous buffet until all the clues are announced and Clueso (in his ultimate wisdom, after just completing his training as an FBI agent after 5 attempts. He had a little trouble in weapons class!) announces who he believes the murderer is. Unfortunately, he misses is by “that much” and the real murder reveals him/herself only to be thwarted by the genius who is Clueso, Herman Clueso.
I had an absolute delightful time in my first improv show! Although, we were given the basic outline of the event, everything else was unscripted so you never knew what was going to happen. The culprit was not announced to the actor playing the role (and only to that actor) until just before the doors were unlocked each night. Thank you everyone in the cast, to producer, director Lisa (not that Lisa), and all the audience members who joined in the fun.