Charlotte residents have a chance to enjoy dark comedy

October 22, 2013 by  

The Lincoln Theatre Guild in Lincolnton, about 45 minutes from Charlotte, is serving up a murderously funny time as it presents ‘Southern Fried Murder’ later this month. The play features a dysfunctional family embroiled in murder and mystery, but is still focused on humor.

The comedy/mystery, written by Billy St. John, has a New Orleans setting. Magnolia Davis Capote gathers her brood to tell them the terms of her will. It appears all her grandchildren have grown used to using the family money to live on, and are there to beg her for even more. The wily Magnolia has created a treasure hunt that leads the finder to her will, and also insures he or she will get extra money. A murder is committed in the ensuing chaos, and audience members are called upon to help solve it.

Director Holly Howell describes the show as being a “laugh-every-minute” production, and says the cast has been outstanding. She also calls it unique, since show-goers are asked to help solve the crime. Reading over the characters’ names reveals there are five ‘Magnolias’ in the cast, which is sure to add to the confusion, and the fun.

The show runs October 25, 26, and 27 in the Timkin Performance Hall at the Lincoln Theatre Center. The curtain goes up at 7:00 pm on the 25th and 26th, with a matinee at 3:00 pm on the 27th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

The Guild might work with a poster printing company to create an intriguing poster for the show, to post in shops throughout the area.