THE GAME’S AFOOT at Derby Dinner Playhouse! Review and Ticket Giveaway!

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I went to Derby Dinner Playhouse this week to kick-off some spooky Halloween fun!  Their newest mainstage production of THE GAME’S AFOOT is a great way to have a not-so-scary time getting into the haunted spirit! 


It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guestsb2ap3_thumbnail_ddp3_20141024-134333_1.jpg is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit and is the perfect way to kick off the fall season! 

This cast did a great job of offering up just the right amount of comedy to keep this murder mystery from being too scary.  It was fun, as the lights flickered and the story grew bigger and bigger, to try to figure out who the killer was.  Certainly there is never any blood or gore in the show, just some laughs and the character Daria, played by Janet Essenpreis that keeps waking up after she has supposedly been stabbed. Joey Banigan & Zachary Buerrll play a young married couple (Aggie and Simon) so convincingly innocent and sweet you would never guess them to be guilty of anything.  Certainly Brian Bowman (William) tries to come off as innocent and sweet as they do, but there is something about the way he plays his character so well with an air of arrogance that makes you keep second guessing yourself.   Elizabeth Loos (Inspector) and Rita Thomas (Martha) will keep you in stitches with entire night!  You can't decide if they are half crazy or half genius.  David Myers & Tina Jo Wallace (Felix & Madge) seem to have it all figured out and entertain spectacularly as the night progresses. 

THE GAME’S AFOOT was written by Tony Award-winning playwright, Ken Ludwig. Other popular plays written by Ken Ludwig include: Lend Me A Tenor, Leading Ladies, and Moon Over Buffalo. Derby Dinner’s production of THE GAME’S AFOOT was directed by Bekki Jo Schneider. 

Every show begins with a small musical concert from the Footnotes, to celebrate our city's 100th Birthday of the Belle of Louisville, they sang some KY themed songs and they gave a throwback to the musical styles that came about during that timeframe.  The buffet was wonderful as always, with lots of nice dinner choices! 

The show runs through November 16, 2014. Tickets range from $36 - $45, for more information please call 812-288-8281 or visit 


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