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The Rat Pack Crooners

Review by Gena Fisher

Robin Hewitt and Randy Burrows, from The Rat Pack Crooners.Straight from the bar upstairs, ladies and gentleman, may I introduce the Rat Pack: Fred Santora, Dan Larkin and Sunny Mavis are the cool trio of crooners performing live at Vegas by night, and filming their movie Atlantic 11 by day, if they show up.

This summer Eddie May Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents, The Rat Pack Crooners at Piazza Joe's in Charlottetown. Eddie May Mysteries is an evening of whodunit, delicious food, crazy antics and loads of fun. The cast of characters bring you back to the days of glitz and glamour-when everyone wants to party with the coolest, hottest guys in show biz, everyone except director, Larry King Cohn, who is played by Jonathan Stewart. But someone will be swimming with the fishes before the evening is through.

From the time the audience sits down to enjoy the buttery mussels, they find themselves involved with a shady group of characters who seem to be coming out of the woodwork. At first the characters are pleasant and introduce themselves, some even flirt a little, but then, bada-bing bada-boom, all hell breaks loose. A shot is fired, and then there were six.

Detective Eddie May, played by Randy Burrows is quick to the scene and introduces critical evidence. A gun, a script, some love letters, and a few other interesting items are carefully examined by everyone in hopes of uncovering the murderer.

It could have been any one of them. For instance, Cohn's girlfriend, Yva Lavina, played by Robin Hewitt, is a beautiful blond bombshell all the guys love, but there seems to be some hostility between her and Fred Santora's wife, Cindy. Cindy Santora, played by Joscelynne Bordeaux, is the mysterious woman lurking in the background while people sip their wine. She's the quiet type who doesn't want to upstage her husband-the one, the only, womanizing Fred Santora, played by Kirk McKinnon-who she adores. Fred's sidekicks, Sunny and Dan, played by Francois Weber and Craig Ramsay, both with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in another, enjoy picking on people at random. In fact one lady from Mississippi read a letter out loud and Sunny heckled her saying, "Speak in your real voice." (Everybody else loved her pretty accent though.) That's what the Rat Pack is like-cutting everyone up but never themselves. It's no wonder somebody tried to kill them.

After three hours of mystery, served with good food, and just the right amount of Rat Pack humour, the murderer is identified by the great detective Eddie May. But he couldn't have done it alone.


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