Who Stole the Danforth Diamond?
Framingham Community Theater will stage two performances of Heirs & Errors at historic Village Hall this weekend. Tickets are still available.
The Danforth Diamond is missing. It could be cursed.
A wealthy heiress is set to marry Lord and Lady Cartwright's son. But the wedding guests soon learn that the groom is smooching with the bride's sister. He may not be as wealthy as he claims. He may have stolen the Danforth diamond, he gave to his fiancee. He may have framed the bride's cousin, and so much more.
That is just part of the storyline of the original dinner theatre play Heirs & Errors, written and directed by Emily C.A. Snyder of Marlborough.
The premiere performance of Heirs & Errors was last Saturday night. Framingham Patch shot videos and photographs on opening night.
Framingham Community Theater will perform the mystery twice more, this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at historic Village Hall. As dinner is included in the ticket price, no tickets will be sold at the door.
The production has a small ensemble cast. The show is performed in three acts. In between, the audience "wedding guest" are treated to wedding-type food, served family style. Tastings is the caterer.
While much of the play is performed on a small intimate stage, portions of the production take place amongst the audience. In between acts, the characters (I do mean characters, as they never break from their roles) interact with the audience.
The show is very entertaining, thank a romantic comedy set in 19th Century England.
Lexington's Jen Wolfman (bride-to-be Louisa Vandelay) and Jennifer Cushing Toth (Primrose Vandelay) have great comedic timing. Toth's real-life husband Tibor Toth plays Sebastian Cartwright, Louisa's fiancee and the target of Primrose's affections.
Marlborough's Janice Spada plays Euphrasia Finch, the sister's spinster aunt. (Some of you may know her as Dr. Spada, as she has a dental practice in Sudbury.) Glenn Ickler of Hopedale is Lord deLourde, the father of the dueling sisters.
Framingham's Laurie Jeanne Carroll is delightfully entertaining as Elaine, the maid. Jon Baril, of Framingham portrays Chauncey Dearheart, a cousin of the Vandelay sisters, and the maid's paramour.
Linda Frank, of Framingham, has a dual role as the gypsy and Strange Bedfellows, who is owed thousands of pounds allegedly gambled away by Dearheart.
The entire dinner theatre event lasts about three hours, and is recommended for children age 10 or older.
While the show is warm, and engaging, historic Village Hall is cold and drafty, so dress appropriately.
Framingham Community Theatre asks that guests dress like they are attending the wedding, and one lucky winner will win a door prize.
Call 508.875.5554 to reserve a ticket. Tickets are $42 and $39 for students and seniors are 65 and older. A table of 10 can be reserved for $390.