A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody
- Theater 29
- Weekly on Friday and Saturday
- Starting on: 06/01/2012
- Ending on: 06/06/2012
In "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" It's New
Year's Eve at the Perry mansion, Julia and
Matthew Perry seem to have it all, but Matthew
wants something more -- to be rid of his wife,
Julia, so he can have some real fun! He resolves
to murder Julia by the New Year's end, and tells
her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins.
A hilarious year-long match of wits and the
witless. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew's
devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and
staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems
Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but
Julia. As the bodies are falling, dim-witted
daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her
wedding to unwitting Donald since all the
intended gift-bearing guests are dying. Enter
Detective Plotnik, a Sam Spade reincarnation who
suspects everyone, but hasn't a clue. That is,
not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and
gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald
mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation.
Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the
murderer -- trying to murder Matthew! "A Little
Murder Never Hurt Anybody" is homage to the
screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's.
Wright, who made his directorial debut at Theatre
29 with "Pinocchio" last season, has assembled a
very talented cast of veterans of Theatre 29 for this production.
Playing Matthew Perry, a man who from birth has
had more dollars than sense, is Tom Highfill,
last seen in "Barbecuing Hamlet". Playing
Buttram, the family butler for many years, though
convinced he is above being a butler, is Marv
Schmelling. Matthew's wife, Julia Perry, a
classy, intelligent woman who loves her husband
despite his many faults, will be played by Cheryl
Gillon. Matthew and Julia's sweet, but
dim-witted and deeply shallow daughter, Bunny
Perry, is played by Lauren Schmelling. Donald,
Bunny's fiancée, is very earnest, and very much
in love with Bunny, despite her lack of savvy, is
played by Chris Fleishman. Rounding out the cast
as Plotnik, a witless detective, who fancies
himself a cynical gumshoe, but lacks the savvy to
locate, let alone solve, a crime, is Jericho McWilliams.
"A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" plays at
7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights May 4 - June
2, with a Thursday performance at 7:00 PM May
17th, and a Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM May 27th.
Tickets are available now online at
www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29
box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12
for adults; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students.
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road,
(right around the corner from Barr Lumber) in the City of Twentynine Palms.
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