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Solve the comedic ‘Murder at Crimson House’ at Act Out Theatre in Taylor on Jan. 12-14

Solve the comedic ‘Murder at Crimson House’ at Act Out Theatre in Taylor on Jan. 12-14
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From a press release:

Act Out Theatre Group will present the comedic musical “Murder at Crimson House” on Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14 in Taylor.

The show follows Hercules Porridge, the famous Hoboken private eye, as he attempts to figure out who committed murders at Crimson House. Miguel Rodriguez of Moosic plays Porridge. Before he can solve the case, however, he must deal with the characters staying in – and near – Crimson House.

“Each character has a unique backstory or personality,” said Dan Pittman, the show’s director and owner of Act Out Theatre Group.

“There are little nuances that audience members can pick up if they pay close attention.”

Although Act Out has produced murder mysteries in the past, this is the first murder mystery musical. Audience members will find laughs in the antics of songs like “Dilapidated Mess,” “Chutney’s Fighting Ragtime Band,” “Whodunit,” and “What Kind of Funny Farm Is This?”

Colonel Chutney, played by Chase Richmond of Throop, is one of the zany characters who passes through Crimson House. He is ready to destroy the enemy troops with heavy artillery, hot tea, and jelly donuts.

“I like that this show pushes me out of my comfort zone and I get to be a little goofy,” Richmond said.

“I also like the accent that the character possesses.”

“Murder at Crimson House” runs Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee showing on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at Act Out Theatre (802 S. Main St., Suite 804D, Taylor). Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, are available online at or at the door.

While the show is a murder mystery, its comedic moments frequently take center stage, so it is appropriate for all ages.

“People should come and see the show because it’s so funny,” said Sammie Stella of Wilkes-Barre, who plays the “famous” actress Fay Strange in the production.

“There’s something for everyone.”

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 as part of its arts and education center.

Will Fay Strange (Sammie Stella) survive her stay at Crimson House, or will she succumb to the mysterious murderer?