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Act Out Theatre offers comedic ‘Wine, Cheese and Murder’ mystery in Dunmore Jan. 7-9

Act Out Theatre offers comedic ‘Wine, Cheese and Murder’ mystery in Dunmore Jan. 7-9
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From a press release:

Act Out Theatre Group will present the comedic murder mystery “Wine, Cheese and Murder” this Friday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 9. During that weekend, Dunmore’s Space Time Mead & Cider Works will offer samplings in the theater’s lobby.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with another Dunmore business,” said Dan Pittman, artistic director of the theater. “This presents a unique opportunity for our audience members.”

Written by Michael Druce, the play is set in the wine tasting room of the Boudreaux Sisters Winery, where wine connoisseur Beau Jolie falls dead shortly after tasting the sisters’ new wine. Police Chief Reese Moscato must determine who the killer is.

Pittman, who joined the cast after an actor had to leave the show, plays Beau Jolie.

“This is a fun play for the entire family,” Pittman explained. “For those who like puns, this is a perfect production.”

Jessup resident Justin Topa portrays Hans Zupp, a medical doctor whose wine tasting experience is interrupted by the murder.

“True crime documentaries are more popular than ever, but this production is set to be anything but your traditional ‘whodunit,'” he noted. “This is truly a feelgood show that will keep you laughing so much you may forget that there’s a killer amongst our eccentric cast.”

In addition to Pittman and Topa, the play, directed by Stephanie Skiro of Kingston, includes cast members Tony Thomas (Wilkes-Barre), Kate Weston (Wilkes-Barre), Tabetha Jacobus (Wilkes-Barre), Charlie Spano (Scranton), Erin McLaughlin (Sweet Valley), Frank Carey (Dunmore), Zachary D. Rossetti (Carbondale), Tylor Floryan (Kingston), Matt Williams (Dallas), and Nicki Kylie Pimental (Dallas).

“Wine, Cheese and Murder” runs Jan. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. on the Act Out stage (150 E. Grove St., Dunmore). Tickets are $18. A limited number of tables for four, six, and eight are also available for $75, $90, and $105, respectively. Tables come with a complimentary snack basket and sparkling water. Space Time Mead & Cider Works will also offer tastings in the theater lobby. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Act Out Theatre Group is primarily a children’s-based workshop theater that also produces several adult-cast productions annually and offers a variety of classes in its arts and education center.