Let’s see, one sister is a hippie, one is a valley girl, one is a trucker, and one is a banker.
What do they have in common?
“They all get along equally poorly” with their oldest sister, Rosemary,” said Wayne Seely, who is directing the Nuremberg Community Players in Nathan Hartswick’s “Cafe Murder” this weekend and next.
The interactive comedy is set in a bistro and, because this is dinner theater, audience members will feel as if they’re sharing the restaurant experience with Rosemary and her four sisters, who have all gone out to celebrate her birthday.
But while guests will very likely be pleased with the lasagna served this weekend at the Black Creek United Methodist Church in Sugarloaf and the spaghetti served later in May at Christ Lutheran Church in Conyngham, Rosemary is anything but happy.
“One of her first lines is, ‘I asked for a smidgen of salt on my entree, and this is a pinch,’ ” Seely said.
Rosemary’s sisters don’t like her very much, and the restaurant staff has reason to be annoyed with her as well.
So when the birthday gal goes off to the ladies room, accompanied by all of her sisters, and the restroom has a problem with its light that various restaurant staffers try to fix … well, let’s just say they’re all suspects when Rosemary apparently never makes it back to her table alive.
“Somebody splashes water on her,” Seely said, and troublesome Rosemary is “allergic to water.”
Could that have something to do with her demise? Or was there another cause?
From the “passionate French chef” to the “polite and proper maitre d” to the “sarcastic waiter,” “self-taught detective” and, of course, the four younger sisters, just about anyone could have had motive and opportunity.
Audience members will have a chance to ask cast members questions and to vote for the person they believe to be the murderer. From all the correct answers, Seely said, winners will be chosen for awards. “It might be a bottle of wine or a bag of candy,” he said.
Speaking of sweets, he said, this weekend you can expect “a dessert to die for — an angel food cake with pineapple custard put over it.”
The two churches that alternate as sites for the play will benefit from the show proceeds, Seely said.