Mystery dinner theater goes retro

Parachute pants, polka dots and poison

Dec 21, 2017
Massive shoulder pads will be de rigueur for this year’s murder mystery dinner theater at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.

Unity — The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts flashes back to the 1980s, a time of serious hair and serial killers, for the popular murder mystery dinner theater. Set for Saturday, Feb. 10, tickets are on sale now; the event has sold out in the past three years, so early purchase is a must.

Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be offered from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., with dinner to follow. The show takes place around diners throughout the night at the UCCPA, 42 Depot St.

It turns out that favorite 1980s movie characters had a little more animosity than we knew. Now it’s time to flash back and find out whodunit in another interactive theater event with a twist.

"Dirty" Harry Humperdinck, singing detective, has his eye on the prize — but "Princess" Baby Buttercup has no plans to be anybody's trophy bride … except for maybe Johnny "Favourite" Castille, but why is he late to the dance? And what does the mysteriously elusive Six Fingered Man have to do with the rapidly rising body count?

In order to solve Hallowell Open Theater Troupe's murderous homage, "When Sally Terminated Harry," it will be time to sharpen the mullet, comb up that big hair and dig out those parachute pants and polka dots. Attendees are not required to dress for the time period — but why wouldn't you?

Tickets, advance only by Feb. 5, are $50, available online at The menu will include vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options upon request. Those with dietary restrictions are asked to call Sarah Johnson at 509-7164 or send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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