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This Week on Mystery Theatre:
Arsenic, Old Lace, and Obnoxious Padre

May 12th, 2022

For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoonful of arsenic, then add a half teaspoonful of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.

That’s Aunt Martha’s recipe for wine with a kick (as in kick the bucket) from Joseph Kesselring’s dark-comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace, and it’s too bad Jonathan Brewster and Dr. Einstein didn’t get the message.

The same can be said for Humphry Jones and Janet Kessinger in Prime Stage Mystery … [read more at  The 21st-Century Scop].

This Weekend at Prime Stage:
Study the Clues of “A Most Deadly Poison”

May 6th, 2022

A selection of drinks stands on the table. Their labels read Obnoxious Padre Wine, Stained Fork Ale, and Roast’d Knife IPA. There’s also a pot of Goofy Odour Tea and a plate of wafers simply labeled A Set of Tea Biscuits.

The challenge: determine which are safe and which (if any) might be poisoned.

Such will be the puzzle awaiting attendees who drop by the Mystery Theatre display at this weekend’s opening of … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Get out Your Spyglasses and Wineglasses:
A New Chapter of PSMT Begins Today

May 5th, 2022

Would you drink a wine labeled Arrogant Frog? How about Big Ass Red or Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush?

Yes, they’re real wines, and just a few of the crazier ones listed in a Vinepair article titled “10 Of The World’s Weirdest Wine Labels.” And although a recent article in Bloomberg claims that winemakers use such names “to signal how different their wines are from traditional estates’ conventional vino,” one might wonder if there is more going on.

And you may well wonder the same while listening to this month’s installment of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, which opens with twelve characters circling a table in the drawing-room of a Victorian mansion. On the table is a selection of drinks labeled Obnoxious Padre, Stained Fork, Goofy Odour, and Roast’d Knife.

The challenge: determine which drinks are … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Poirot is Back:
Live at the O’Reilly & Streaming on Hulu

April 22nd, 2022

Hercule Poirot enters in a swirl of mist–walking stick in hand, overcoat draped across his shoulders, and a great mustache perched atop his upper lip.

In all, he seems to have stepped from the pages of one of Agatha Christie’s novels.

Played with great flair by Pittsburgh-based actor, director, and playwright Martin Giles, this Poirot instantly commands attention … and continues to do so for the duration of … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]