“It’s very big in the UK and New York,” said Lian Pham, director of The Moonlight Dolls performing troupe, as well as this production. “It’s pretty trendy now. We took real Houstonians and created a story around it, based on real characters and some real events.”
The dancers of The Moonlight Dolls, one of Houston’s hottest burlesque acts, are hanging up their dancing shoes for the evening to lend their acting (and singing) chops to this murder mystery. Camille La Vie plays Mae West, known for pushing the boundaries of sex; Miss Kaleena Sue plays Annette Hanshaw, who shunned the spotlight but loved to sing; and Abby Cadabra is the outrageous radio personality Sophie Tucker, master of the double entendre and “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.”
“It’s kind of like being on a set when a movie is produced,” said Pham. “The clues are in the acts, whether through conversation, a fight, an altercation or a bartender gossiping about what’s going on.” “You can play a flapper or a businessman,” said Pham. “[Or] a pivotal role like mayor and possibly end up with evidence.” 5 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through -October 4. 1008 Prairie. For information, call 281?940-4636 or visit -magnoliacitymystery.com. $35 to $60.
Organizer description: Join Prohibition Supperclub & Bar and The Moonlight Dolls as they present their first immersive theatre production, Magnolia City, Houston’s turn of the century moniker. Guests are invited to join in on the revelry at the Golden Key, a speakeasy casino circa 1926. Meet flappers, starlets and notable Houstonians of the era including industrialist John Kirby, distillery tycoon Charles Romano, media magnate William P. Hobby, billionaire Howard Hughes, casino owner Jackie Freedman and more. Other VIPs in the crowd will include celebrities like designer Coco Chanel, radio personality Sophie Tucker, actress Mae West and singer Annette Hanshaw. The Moonlight Dolls will provide musical entertainment, there will be no burlesque acts.
The weekly, immersive murder mystery production will blur the line between guests and cast, allowing the audience to roam and explore the performance space as the story unfolds around them. Dance, drink and mingle with the cast and other guests while looking for clues to piece together an intricate “who done it”.
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