Encore Theatre to present ‘Par For The Corpse’

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Encore Theatre Co. will present the play, “Par For The Corpse” by Jack Sharkey in March. 

Directed by Michael Rex, the “homicidal comedy” will open March 3 and run weekends through March 12. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon shows will start at 2:30 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

When novelist Alexandra Ellis throws a party at her Catskills retreat, no one expects a blizzard to strand everybody nor do they suspect there’s a killer amongst them until one guest is poisoned at the party. Desperately, the others try to figure out not only who did it but more mystifying how it was done. 

They’re baffled by a seemingly impossible crime until one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer, but is stabbed before the unmasking. Everyone, even the hostess, is a suspect, and a number of murky motives emerge during the night’s strange events. 

And just when another guest thinks he knows the culprit, there’s another murder for which the suspected killer couldn’t possibly be responsible. 

There are plenty of laughs, but the main thrust is for the audience’s nerve endings with more shrieks of terror than of hilarity, especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot twists. No one will ever be able to guess the shocker of a surprise ending.

The play will feature Elizabeth Hayes, Barbara “Bunny” Hartman, Laneese Cosby, Dan Eaglin, Cynthia Fox, Jeff Lay, Joe Noe, Debbie Smith, Wulff and Karen Yates.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and $10 for children 12 and younger and are available at encore-theatre-company.org, ticketsnashville.com or by calling 615-598-8950.

Encore Theatre Co. is at 6978 Lebanon Road, just west of Highway 109, in Mt. Juliet. Encore is a nonprofit community theater that’s served Wilson County and surrounding areas since 2006.

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