REVIEW: Act4Murder's latest foray in Crestview is a plateful of fun

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Cynthia Bergquist, Chris Manson, Joe Chase, Jim Downdun, Mary Ann Troiana and Ken Olsen perform a scene from "On Stage for Murder" at Christopher's Uncorked Bistro in Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:36 PM.

We dined on a sumptuous meal at Maverick's — Crestview's hot new fusion cuisine restaurant — Saturday evening, where we'd hoped to enjoy Diedre's "A Plateful of Death," her newest murder mystery comedy dinner theater.

After several false starts — during which Phillipe Iglassius Gauntz, an actor of dubious talent, kept messing up his opening lines — and somewhere between the inch-thick prime rib and creamy cheesecake, the director sacked the entire cast and tried to recast the show using audience members.

OK, there's no such place as Maverick's in Crestview.

It was part of the fun show-within-a-show in Act4Murder's latest production, "On Stage for Murder," at Christopher's Uncorked Bistro, the troupe's occasional Crestview stage.

Act4Murder's six-member cast boasted over-the-top, delightfully outrageous characters with performances no less subtle. Cynthia Bergquist, as Diedre, was so wonderfully obnoxious that the 50-some audience members knew soon after the salad dishes were removed that she would be the likely murder victim.

As the second act unfolded during the three-course dinner, the choice of likely murderers grew to include everyone in the cast, including restaurant owner "Maverick" himself, played with bravado by Chris Manson.

So who slipped the self-centered Diedre the shrimp ball, knowing her allergies to shellfish?

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