If you love drama, suspense and comedy all rolled into one, “Let’s Murder Marsha,” which will make its debut Jan. 6 at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, in Dickinson, won’t disappoint theatergoers who like “whodunnit” farces — with a twist.
The play focuses on a happy housewife (Marsha), played by April Benson, who is addicted to reading murder mysteries. She just happens to “overhear” her husband, played by Mike Fabian, plotting her murder — so she believes.
So, cue in the suspense and hilarious scenes where the plot thickens with a next door neighbor, played by Sam Kee, who plots with Benson to “turn the tables” on her husband with a poisoned potion.
Benson, who recently returned to acting after taking a 10-year hiatus, has been performing as an actress since the age of 14. She’s played the lead roles in productions such as “Beauty & The Beast,” “Father of the Bride” and “The Insanity of Mary Girard.”
“I couldn’t pass up portraying Marsha in this upbeat comedy by Monk Ferris,” Benson said. “The cast, crew and director are full of fun energy and loads of talent. My favorite scene is during the finale because that’s when the audience discovers … well, you’ll just have to come and find out.”
Fabian, a resident of Friendswood, is no stranger at the playhouse. He has been active in community theater for the past 20 years in a variety of capacities as an actor, director and producer.
Having appeared in a number of Bay Area Harbour Playhouse productions through the years, Fabian is also a five-time member of TNT’s All-Star cast (2003, 2007, 2011 and twice in 2015).
“My preference in shows is to do comedy, but a good script is usually what attracts me to a particular show, whether it’s comedy or drama,” Fabian said. “‘Let’s Murder Marsha’ is a really good script, too. It’s a very funny murder-comedy-thriller that I think audiences will love. Those who come to see this one, are in for a memorable theater experience.”
Kee plays the role of Virgil Baxter, the shy next door neighbor, who plots with Marsha to murder her husband. Also a veteran at the playhouse, he considers this role as one of the funniest he’s ever done.
“I’ve played many parts here at the Harbour in five years, but this may be one of the funniest,” Kee said. “I wanted to play this part because of the cast of veteran actors involved. The audience will laugh from the start all the way to the finish. Trust me, it’s definitely worth coming to see.”
The show, directed by Jeremiah Maddix, also features actors Joanna Alexander, Ashley Baker, Felipe Bautista and Amber Fabian.
Show times will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 6 through Jan. 29.
Tickets begin at $17, with discounts available for seniors, military and groups of 10 or more.
For information, visit www.harbourtheater.com or call 281-337-7469.