Phillips County Players cast members for “Death by Dessert” who will be on stage at the Phillips County Event Center May 18-19 are pictured from left, front row, Mark Meusborn and Dolly Smith; middle row, Bob Brandt, Jennifer Hughes and Janel Wailes; and back row, Pete Markle, Brooklyn Leonard, Ricardo Baker, Max Levy, Christopher Ballard, Jes-c French, Ashley Sullivan, Charlotte Kramer, Eva Kramer and Karin Kramer. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

‘Death by Dessert’ on stage May 18-19 in delightful offbeat, comedic mystery

    It’s dinnertime, and the community is invited to a meal so good it’s to die for!
    Set in New York’s Little Italy, “Death by Dessert” will be presented by Phillips County Players Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 at the Phillips County Event Center Biesemeier Room.
    Dessert matinees are set for 2 p.m. both days, with dessert to be served at intermission of the play. A dinner theater at 6 p.m. is planned Saturday, with both dinner and dessert to be served at intermission.
    Dinner show reservations must be made by Thursday, May 16, at noon, by contacting a cast member or calling Janel Wailes at 970-520-5416 or Penny Dockins at 970-520-2692.
    While advance ticket sales are also preferred for both Saturday and Sunday dessert matinees, some tickets will be available at the door for the afternoon shows.
    
Play centers around family feud in the restaurant business
    The Donnaducce family and the Duccedonni family have been feuding for a generation while operating two competing Italian restaurants that share a common wall.
    At curtain rise in “Death by Dessert,” the building’s landlord is dead at center stage, and everyone is suspect — from the old-world Italian grandmother and mafia don grandfather to the passionate chefs and bumbling wait staff.
    Flashing back in time, the story is told by its victim, who alternately narrates and participates in the action.

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