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Around Town: Dinner theater comes to Tambellini’s

Mystery dinner theater productions have been a successful addition to the menu at Tambellini’s Restaurant in Bridgeville.

One of more than two dozen interactive, scripted shows is performed in the restaurant’s downstairs banquet room periodically throughout the year.

The production scheduled for Nov. 22 is titled “Christmas Comedy Caper.” Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Joe Cannito founded Musical Mysteries and More (formerly known as Much Ado Entertainment) with his wife, Michelle. They met as college theater majors on tour with a missionary theater company. Their personal mission is to minister to people through the healing art of humor.

Joe writes most of the scripts, spoofing well-known movies, television shows or musicals. Performed at country clubs, restaurants, resorts and private parties, the shows open with the dinner guests eating salads and soups while the cast mingles with the audience.

Each table has a clue. Plots are unveiled during the main course, and the murderer is revealed during dessert.

Emphasis is on characters, props and costumes with all staging taking place “in the round,” or among the diners. They accomplish this with a wireless microphone system. There are no sets.

All the actors are trained in improvisation and many are accomplished musical theater performers, which helps with the song parodies present in the majority of the shows.

Other local performance venues include The Lamplighter in Delmont, Grove City Country Club and Shakespeare’s Restaurant in Ellwood City.

Call Tambellini’s at 412-221-5202 for reservations and ticket information.

Call the performing company at 412-271-2295 for more information about their services and upcoming show locations.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or [email protected].


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