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This Week on Mystery Theatre:
Another Door, Another Time-Travel Story

March 24th, 2022

Which classic time-travel device would you use to escape the clock room in Prime Stage Mystery Theatre’s “Time is Out of Joint”? Find out in today’s installment, which also features some time-travel recommendations from folks active in the field of science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and horror. You can hear it all by clicking here or by activating the player below.

<<< The time-travel vehicle from The Time Machine as illustrated by Frank R. Paul for Amazing Stories, February, 1927.

As with all of our episodes, this one ends with a prompt that asks listeners to suggest what might happen in the next installment. This time, we’re asking you to suggest which of the nine remaining classic works of science fiction you would like to see explored in the final act of Season Four.

A complete list of the time-travel classics covered in “Time is Out of Joint” can be found in Season 4, Episode 1, or in the blog post “Solving the Mystery of the Clock Room.”

Also, if you have any suggestions about what surprises we might find waiting for us when our story resumes on April 1, please share those as well

Comments may be submitted via the Prime Stage Theatre contact page.

And now … on with the show!

This Week on Mystery Theatre:
An Escalating Puzzle for a Way-Out Mystery

March 10th, 2022

The electric sign reading Way Out glowed before the ascending treads of a stainless-steel escalator. Mounted on the wall beside the rising stairs were advertisements for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Blockbuster Video, and American Pie 2. But soon those early 21st-century advertisements gave way to ones for Crystal Pepsi, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Embassy Cigarettes, and Pan Am Airlines–for by riding the escalator, Freddie Fedora was being transported back in time.

— from The Whenever War by August LaFleur, pages 16-17.

Yes, it’s a real book … though you’d have to go to an alternate universe to get a copy. Nevertheless, folks attending last Friday and Saturday night’s performances of Prime Stage Theatre’s A Wrinkle in Time were able to check out a facsimile of that book … along with nearly a dozen time-travel classics from our own reality.

You can hear comments from some of those theatre-goers on the current installment of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, where you’ll also get to tag along on an investigation of a scene from August LaFleur’s time-travel mystery The Whenever War.

You might also enjoy Tuesday’s blog post titled Solving the Mystery of the Clock Room, where you’ll find more details about how August LaFleur’s book fits into a larger mystery centering on some well-known time-travel stories.

You can read that earlier post by clicking here … and you can listen to this week’s Mystery Theatre installment by hitting the play button on the player below. (Or, if you missed the first installment, you can find it and all previous seasons of the series by clicking here.)

And as always, if you’d like to offer a solution to this week’s puzzle, you can do so by submitting a comment via or by reaching out to us via the social media links you’ll find there.

And if you enjoy the show, please be sure to tell your friends and follow us via your favorite podcast app.

Now, on with the mystery …

Prime Stage Mystery Theatre Presents:
A Time-Travel-Classics Mystery

March 3rd, 2022

What is your favorite time-travel story?

This month’s audio tale at Prime Stage Mystery Theatre centers on a dozen time travel classics, including some of the genre’s best-known science-fiction titles (The Time Machine, Back to the Future, A Wrinkle in Time), a few that lie on the edge of the genre (A Connecticut Yankee, A Christmas Carol, and Slaughterhouse Five), and at least one that you’ve likely never heard of before (The Whenever War).

Titled “Time is Out of Joint,” our new puzzle story presents these works as clues to a mystery that you can help solve. And doing so is as easy as clicking the link below.

And if you enjoy time-travel stories, please consider checking out Prime Stage Theatre’s new adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, which opens this weekend at Pittsburgh’s New Hazelette Theatre. The show will also be available via video on demand. More information is available at

Also, if you are able to attend either Friday’s preview or Saturday’s opening, please drop by our special Mystery Theatre display, where you’ll get the chance to win one of the titles featured in “Time is Out of Joint.”

It’s just one more way that Prime Stage brings literature to life … and to your home.

Until then … get out your clocks, spyglasses, and notepads, and click the link below to join master Sleuth August LaFleur as he attempts to unravel the mystery of a clock-shaped room with 12 locked doors.

I’ll meet you there!