ASHTON—Who says murder can’t also be humorous?
For its next production, the Off, Off Broadway theatre troupe of Ashton is presenting “But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” by Rick Abbot.
“It’s a silly murder mystery,” said director Scott De Kok. “It’s not meant to be taken seriously by any means; it’s definitely not Agatha Christie.
“There are several surprises throughout the show that will keep people wondering who the real killer is. Obviously, by the title, you know that Barnaby isn’t going to make it.”
The play’s namesake Barnaby Folcey is portrayed by Off, Off Broadway veteran Daryl Tutje of Sibley.
According to a synopsis of the play from bizbooks.net, Barnaby is a long-absent member of an aristocratic English family who returns home at the request of patriarch Orion LeDuc, who is played by Jacob Fox of Ashton.
“Things aren’t all as they appear to be as the family gathers at Marlgate Manor, and before long, Barnaby, the poorest member of the family, is murdered,” the synopsis reads.
“While dying, he scrawled the letters “B-A-R,” which can implicate everyone.”
Although Barnaby had motive for killing his relatives, there is no clear reason why anyone would want him dead.
“Basically, the whole show is about trying to figure out who the murderer is,” De Kok said. “It’s silly, it’s fun, it’s a fun comedy.”
Showtimes for the production are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10, and it will be presented at the Ashton Legion Community Center.
Tickets are $26, which includes dinner catered by 1015 Steak Company of Sibley and entree options are prime rib, walleye or garlic pork loin.
Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., but De Kok noted guests do not have to arrive that early to still get a meal. Tickets for the meal and show may reserved by calling 712-754-3540.
De Kok said the 10-person cast has been rehearsing for about five weeks and the director encourages lovers of the arts to attend Off, Off Broadway’s production of “But Why Bump Off Barnaby?”