A Murderous Comedy Plays Central NC

Art of Murder play poster. Source: The Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro NC.
Art of Murder play poster. Source: The Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro NC.

Broadway’s Joe DiPietro’s “Art Of Murder” Lands Center Stage at The Barn

By Nate Alston, barndinner.com

Spring has sprung at the country’s longest running dinner theatre and with it comes a suspenseful nail-biter! The Barn Dinner Theatre continues their 53rd season with mystery, murder, and a touch of comedy in Art Of Murder, by Broadway’s Joe DiPietro and directed by local director, Tennille Foust.

Art Of Murder, a dark & mysterious (non-musical) comedy, is centered around Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation. He is patiently waiting for his art dealer to arrive. When the visit doesn’t go as planned, Jack lays out his intentions for retribution to his wife Annie. Will Jack carry out the plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?

Art Of Murder’s writer, Joe DiPetro, is a Tony Award Winning Playwright who wrote Broadway’s “Memphis”, “All Shook Up”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, among many others.

“I am always amazed at the many different levels of comedy one can experience in live theatre”, says Producer, Ric Gutierrez. “Art Of Murder uniquely intertwines mystery, drama, murder, and comedy all together and takes the audience on a suspenseful journey before dropping them off like ‘dead weight’ at the end. This one will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat”.

Art Of Murder cast includes Phillip Lynch (as Jack), Jamila Curry (as Annie), Carlton Nelson (as Vincent), Amana Becker (as Kate-shared role), & April Davis (as Kate-shared role). The production crew includes: Ric Gutierrez (Producer), Tennille Foust (Director), Matthew C. Bradshaw (Technical Director), & Shabaza Vaird (Stage Manager). The Barn Dinner Theatre is performing Art Of Murder under special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc of New York, NY.

Tickets are available for multiple dates over the next month:

  • *Saturday, April 29, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • *Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (matinee seating begins at 1pm)
  • *Friday, May 5, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • *Saturday, May 6, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • Friday, May 26, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 (seating begins at 6pm)
  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 (matinee seating begins at 1pm)

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) offer an Early Bird Special on tickets — “2 for $60” for Adult seats. Some restrictions apply to odd-numbered parties.

Adult tickets range from $43 to $53; children 12-and-under tickets range from $21.50 to $26.50. Tickets include the Art of Murder performance and dinner for each ticket-holder. Shows do sell out, so reservations are recommended. Reserve by calling 336.292.2211, visiting barndinner.com, or stopping by The Barn Dinner Theatre at 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro NC during box office hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-7pm, and Sundays 10am-2pm).

Before the show, a Southern style all-you-can-eat buffet with carving station and dessert bar offers a wide variety of Southern-style foods. After dinner, the stage comes down from the ceiling and the actors take the stage.

Conceived in 1964 by the late Howard Wolfe and Connelly Jones, The Barn Dinner Theatre (Greensboro, NC) and the “dinner theatre” concept, as we have come to know it today, was born. The Greensboro location was the first of a chain of 26 other dinner theatres (with the same name) in the late 1960s. The chain of Barns were union houses back then, under the Actors’ Equity Association, and employed some of the finest Equity Actors from New York.

Over the years, the franchise removed itself from the AEA union and fell apart and the theatres were individually sold — all except the locations in Nashville TN and Greensboro NC. In 1997, the Greensboro, NC location changed ownership and is still going strong today, providing year-round “Dinnertainment.” Check out all their productions online at barndinner.com.

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