Inklings: Bumped off for bucks

  • Thursday, June 9, 2011

I’m all for murder.
I’ve done it twice already and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. And in just two short weeks, I’m planning on doing it again. I’ll be attending the third play in the “Café Noir” series of interactive murder-mystery dinner theaters the weekend of June 24th. And believe me if you go to “Murder Point Blank,” at Atlanta Bread on Main Street you’ll be part of the action. Anyone attending the production might be asked to advance the plot in a variety of ways, including answering questions and/or solving the mystery. And everyone who buys tickets will advance the cause of helping bring money into our town through the cultural arts – as well as via business, educational and social activities.
These plays are being sponsored by the Arts, Business and Civic Coalition (ABCC) of Summerville/Dorchester County, Inc. If you’ve ever looked for a local venue for say a good sized wedding reception, business seminar, technical class or theatrical or music production, you’ll understand the common need for an upsized local gathering place. Filling this need by obtaining a Civic Center here is the mission of the ABCC. (And remember, every time any of us have to go outside Summerville to put on an event – or pay to attend such a function – our town looses the revenue that event produces.)
According to Monica Shows, director of “Murder Point Blank,” this play, like the others, is a true forties style American mystery with the perfect mix of action, intrigue, humor and romance – in other words --  your typical Humphrey Bogart film. If you’ve been to the other plays you know you’ll want to wear a black and white outfit. It’s fun to dress up (don’t worry, everybody does!). Perhaps black pants or skirt and a white shirt or an era appropriate tuxedo complete with fedora or a long slinky dress with a side slit and wide shoulder pads.
Check out the Showcase column in this newspaper on Wednesday June 15, for plot details and cast credits. For now, just know that you’ll hear some incredible singing and enjoy a quirky and involved plot unfolded by excellent thespians while imbibing in good food and good company. All this for $30. And remember, proceeds go towards that Civic Center.
Think about it. You’ll be spending an evening in Summerville (conserving gas) dressing up, joining a congenial crowd (oh, is it ever!) having a delightful meal (the last two menus have been delicious) and basically having a jolly good time (just look at all the other engaged and happy faces around you that night).
Am I a member of the ABCC? You bet. Am I buying tickets and helping with the logistics? Absolutely! I’m doing it because I love Summerville and want to see her continue to develop with a good balance of economic, artistic, and quality of life elements in her municipal style.
Help make this happen by getting your tickets now. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged as the first two plays in the series were sell outs. Show times are Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at 7:30 pm. To repeat: Tickets ($30); location Atlanta Bread on North Main Street. To get tickets and/or more information, go to www.ABCCsummerville.org or phone 225-2789.

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