Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 1, 2014

‘Funeral for a Gangster’ held over through May 24


CROSSVILLE — They’re having a ball at the Curtain Call and holding their murder mystery over until Saturday, May 24, due to the overwhelming response. Are you looking for an evening of fun, food and adventure? The Curtain Call Dinner Theatre is inviting you to travel back with them as they take a step back in time to 1928 and join the Mob sendoff which is about to take place for the late Vito "The Gut" Marzetti, who was gunned down last week in a gangland slaying. It will be an evening you won't forget!

The theatre will be transformed into "Ruby's Place," a popular speakeasy where the grieving family is holding "services" for the Don. They include Joey "The Lump," the youngest son (a bootlegger, and he ain't overly bright); Frankie "Marbles," the eldest of the three (he rarely shows glimpses of his own personality, preferring to hide out in various alter egos); and the proprietor of the club, Ruby "Fingers" Marzetti, Joey's sister and a manger of the speakeasy (an ex-showgirl, she is street-wise and smart). And, of course, Lena, the grieving young widow (despite the difference in their ages, and the fact that Vito tipped the scales at close to 400 lbs., they seemed happy enough). Or is she? Maybe she just wants to find the Godfather’s stash and needs her stepchildren (and the audience) to help figure out Vito’s last game. A G-man leads the way in discovering who murdered Vito (after his third helping of moo goo gai pan — he wasn’t called "The Gut" for nothing!) and the location of the cash.

You will be encouraged (optional) to attend dressed in your favorite roaring '20s style garb. It is here that as you enter in the spirit of the occasion you become friends and family of the deceased Vito Marzetti who have come to pay your last respects and your table will team up to search for clues to help find his murderer. If you wish, please be prepared to give a short eulogy for poor Vito.

The shows involve a bit of audience participation and you can get "involved" as much as you like or just figure out who-dun-it. This is a lively and fun murder mystery that will keep you laughing and guessing all night long. A delicious Italian dinner is catered by Sammy Jo's trained Italian chef who will be opening Sammy Jo's Pizza and More in the VF-Crossville Outlet Center very soon. The meal will give you a "Taste of Italy" (salad, chicken parmesan, five cheese lasagna, fried zucchini, garlic bread sticks, and Italian confections for dessert), all prepared from fresh ingredients. Drinks are coffee, tea and lemonade, and you can purchase soft drinks for a dollar. There is free popcorn during the show. The cost is $30 for adults and includes the meal, beverage, popcorn, show and taxes; gratuities are optional. You may BYOB. If you have special dietary needs (i.e. gluten free, vegetarian, heart smart), please contact the theatre in advance so that their caterer can accommodate you.

"Funeral for a Gangster" by Eileen Moushey is produced by special arrangement with Mysteries by Moushey, Inc. (minor revisions by Dennis Donald). Reserve your seat now for an evening of theatre, food and fun with the acclaimed Curtain Call Players in this interactive performance, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through May 24. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre located in Suite 129 (A entrance, first door on left) of the VF-Crossville Outlet Mall or by calling 931-337-7469. Tickets must be picked up or paid for one day in advance of date attending. See pictures on Facebook at Curtain Call Dinner Theatre (Crossville) and "Like" them!