Murder Mystery offers special pre-Valentine's Day event
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Sunday, February 03, 2013
2/03/13 at 5:09 AM
One year, the mastermind behind the Ultimate Murder Mystery had the brilliant idea of staging one of the company's Valentine's Day-themed productions at a local restaurant on Valentine's Day.
Jim Fields gave a rueful laugh at the memory. "And we got killed," he said. "The restaurant got slammed with business, and most of the staff that was supposed to work our party was reassigned to the main dining room. ... It was a mess."
Which explains why the Ultimate Murder Mystery is presenting "Love Never Dies ... But You Ain't Love," this year's Valentine's Day offering, on Saturday, rather than on Feb. 14.
The show will be held at the Warren Duck Club in the Doubletree at Warren Place, 6100 S. Yale Ave. The hotel is offering a special price for those who wish to attend the show and spend the evening at the hotel.
The Ultimate Murder Mystery has been committing its brand of original, interactive murder mystery dinner theater around Tulsa for more than a decade.
Its shows have run the gamut from dark, serious thrillers to light-hearted comedy, all taking place in a confined space and among the audience, who have the chance to play detective and solve whatever criminal acts are taking place.
As the title indicates, "Love Never Dies ... But You Ain't Love" is one of the company's less serious shows - even though some of the characters are guaranteed to meet some sort of gruesome end.
The story centers around a former shoe salesman who discovers a talent for writing romance novels and launches a new life for himself under the moniker of Adonis P. Longfellow.
His success leads to a romance of his own - until his paramour begins her own writing career as Latisha Lovelace and becomes even more successful. That's when Adonis begins to think that maybe something drastic and dastardly needs to happen to the one-time love of his life.
The cast includes Mark L. Miller, Kara Howse, Amanda Simcoe, Derick Snow and Samantha Woodruff, with Fields appearing in the guise of Lt. Columbo.
While the mystery play is the focus of the evening, Fields said, "We want to make this a totally elegant evening. We'll have a vocalist, there will be opportunities for dancing, and we'll have a special menu."
Each course is served to coincide with specific scenes in the play. The menu includes a Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail, Warren Duck Club Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette, and an entree that includes blackened beef tenderloin and the restaurant's signature duck.
And, as the evening's entertainment is all about discovering secrets, exactly what will be offered for dessert remains, for now, a mystery.
‘LOVE NEVER DIES … BUT YOU AIN’T LOVE’
Presented by the Ultimate Murder Mystery
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Warren Duck Club, Doubletree
at Warren Place, 6100 S. Yale Ave.
Tickets: $95 per person (includes dinner,
show, tax, gratuity). Hotel package:
$270 per couple for show and room.
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Chef Antonio Perez (left) stands with Kara Howse, as Latisha Lovelace, and Mark L. Miller, as Adonis P. Longfellow, for "Love Never Dies...But You Ain't Love," a special pre-Valentine's Day murder mystery. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World