Sleuthing heroines return to stage in ‘Murder Inn’

“Murder Inn”: The murder mystery heroines Doris and Grace find themselves checked in to another adventure — this time at a ghastly inn in New England.

Doris and Grace were featured in a previous murder mystery written by local playwrights Howard Voland and Keith McGregor.

Janine Snavely and Bonnie Ronan, who are again taking on the roles of Doris and Grace respectively, portrayed the two women in “Audition for Murder,” which was produced by Reunion Theatre Group last year.

“Murder Inn,” a classic murder mystery that has action along with laughs, tells the tale of a group of tourists caught in a fierce storm and forced to stay in a rundown 18th century inn.

This group, the Ghosts and Ghouls of New England, don’t immediately buy into the rumor that the inn is haunted by a knife-wielding phantom. However, knives begin to appear in places where they shouldn’t be and then the body count begins to rise as the storm builds.

The question for Doris and Grace is not just whodunnit but who will be next, according to a press release.

“Murder Inn” opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Everett Music Hall Playhouse in the Everett Mall, 1402 Everett Mall Way, Everett. Performances are held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 3.

Tickets are $13, $10 and $8 for groups of eight or more with advance reservations. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com, call 425-737-7290 or go to the website, www.reuniontheatregroup.org.

Pilobolus: This modern dance company blurs the line between dance and theater, between a troupe of dancers and one performer dancing alone, between actual dance and athletic acrobatics.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre is the kind of modern movement that appeals to all audiences. The dancers’ skill and fluidity can be appreciated by more conservative dance types and their crazy acrobatics and humor attracts the younger crowd.

Pilobolus performs at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Pilobolus has hit mainstream pop culture appearing in a variety of car commercials, on TV’s “Conan” with Conan O’Brien and “Oprah,” and they have a viral music video collaboration with OK Go at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur-y7oOto14.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus Dance Theatre collaborates with diverse artists including the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, and Radiolab, to “make inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression,” according to an ECA press release.

The group’s name is derived from an ever-changing organism and the group builds on that concept as the dancers become so entwined that they evoke a sense of one living being.

Pilobolus performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Tickets are $40, $45, $50 and $15 for youth and students. Call 425-275-9595, or online at www.ec4arts.org.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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