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Joseph Greenmyer and Linnea Buchholz act the parts of Eric and Lucy. Photo courtesy of  Sonja Brandt.

By Hannah Birtell


Murder is brewing at Olde Glory Theatre this weekend as several students and staff from Concordia put on a production of “Murder, May I?” 

While it is not a Concordia play, “Murder, May I?” is directed by Concordia’s Professor of Communication and Theater Bryan Moore and the cast and crew is primarily made up by Concordia students. 

“Murder, May I?” is about a mother, Geneva Jones Smith played by junior Mary Kohnke, who is desperate to keep her son Eric, played by senior Joseph Greenmyer, from leaving her. To do so, Geneva gets rid of Eric’s simple-minded girlfriend, Lucy, played by junior Linnea Buchholz. After a series of events, and several misunderstandings, the characters try to figure out what happened and who is responsible. 

“There are a lot of hijinks and misunderstandings,” Kohnke said. “It’s just a big ball of confusion and that’s just the first act.”

One character audience members will want to keep an eye on is Lucy. Her ditzy dialogue and actions will keep the audience entertained as one event leads to another. The audience is kept on their toes for the entirety of the show as you do not know what is going to happen next, or who is going to be on the other side of the front door.

“Be ready to sit on the edge of your seat the whole time,” junior Hannah Watt, who plays Janet, the nosy next-door neighbor, said. 

The play will be performed as a dinner theater Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner served a half hour before the show starts. There are also two dessert matinee shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations for dinner and dessert must be made by Wednesday, but tickets are still available at the door for $10 for Concordia students and $15 for the general public. 

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