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11/4-6 Redrum Mysteries:
The Family Plot
Microtel Inn • 907 N Lake Park Blvd
$189/couple, includes show, accommodations and food

DEADLY FUN: Marc Mathey and Braxton Williams are players in Redrum Mysteries ‘The Family Plot’ Courtesy photo.

Murder, mystery, intrigue and scandal! Carolina Beach has it all on November 4th. The scene of the crime: Microtel Inn. The time: 8 p.m. sharp. Bruce Deveraux and his cast of wacky characters are ready to hijack this weekend for some seriously murderous fun. However, attendees should be warned: There is no escape!

Deveraux is the director of Redrum Mysteries, a theatre company that presents interactive murder-mystery dinners, only this one is going to be a little different in more ways than one. Their new show, “The Family Plot,” is striking out far beyond the traditional evening of entertainment. They are taking over the island motel for the better part of a weekend, and everyone is invited to put on their detective hats and join in the fun.

The stage will be anywhere and everywhere within Microtel and will include a whole host of surprises along the way. “We are one of the only companies where the entire show is improvised,” Deveraux explains. “How can you have an interactive event that is scripted? It’s impossible!”

This Ohio-born writer/actor/director has been working murder-mystery events for over 25 years. It all began many moons ago when Deveraux helped a friend write a new stand-up routine. He was attending the event to see how well the material would work when he was called upon to fill a gap in the lineup. “Well, I improvised for 15 minutes and people laughed,” he remembers. “The next thing I knew I was hired!”

Deveraux proudly declares the cast of “The Family Plot” as one of the best with whom he’s ever worked. He provides them a character synopsis and loose story outline, and the rest is up to the actors. Rising enthusiastically to the challenge are a talented array of Wilmington comedians and actors, both established and newcomers. Characters include Dr. Dilip Carnage, an Indian doctor played by Marc Matney, and Snively Integer, the geeky accountant played by Braxton Williams, a local thespian. Sean Webb, who actually plays a woman and is a regular at the Nutt Street Comedy Room, loves improv. “It means you get to continue your childhood!” he says.

Guests will arrive on Friday evening, be treated to delicious food and begin to meet the characters as the plot unfolds. Some unexpected events will be occurring before the night is out, and then everyone will meet up again for breakfast, where Detective Will Mington will begin his investigations. The rest of the day includes an optional scavenger hunt around the island for those dedicated to discovering the murderers’ identity and some free time to enjoy Carolina Beach. The evening meal on Saturday night will be accompanied by a two-and-half-hour interactive show full of clues, hilarity, singing and, ultimately, the big vote. Lots of prizes are up for grabs for the winner and the runners-up.

The company is appropriately teaming up with the charismatic Uncle Vinny and his illustrious wife who will be catering the event. With his roots deeply entrenched in Italy, Uncle Vinny will no doubt add to the authenticity of the mafia-inspired story line of this show. Uncle Vinny’s Ristorante and Pizzeria has been fully booked since they opened on Carolina Beach earlier this year and have already earned themselves a wide reputation for their truly delicious food. The all-inclusive package, accommodations, the show and all meals, is $189—quite the killer deal!

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