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.]

Coming May 5 to PSMT:
Episode One of “A Most Deadly Poison”

April 14th, 2022

With Prime Stage set to release a new season of Mystery Theatre in May, there’s no time like now to catch up on past installments, all of which are available on Apple,   Audible,   Deezer,   Libsyn,   Spotify, or the podcasts page at

Each season features an all-new five-act mystery, with most episodes running between 10-15 minutes–just right for taking a mystery break during your busy day.

Our Season 5 story, “A Most Deadly Poison” (set to coincide with the premiere of Prime Stage’s presentation of Arsenic and Old Lace), picks up where … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week on Mystery Theatre:”
The Conclusion of “Time is Out of Joint”

March 31st, 2022

In this week’s episode of Mystery Theatre’s “Time is Out of Joint,” we explore what mystery writer August LaFleur calls “the dream hemisphere.” That is, we consider stories that “depict time travel as a state of mind rather than a mechanical process.”

I’ve always been intrigued by such stories, exemplified by titles like A Christmas Carol, Somewhere in Time, Time and Again, and Slaughterhouse Five (all featured in this season of Mystery Theatre)—stories in which the engines of the unconscious prove to be the most … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].