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The Dio opens season with ‘Murder at the Howard Johnson’s’ February 1

Preview January 25, 2018 Encore Staff

PINCKNEY—The Dio–Dining & Entertainment will present the 1979 Broadway farce, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, directed by Steve DeBruyne. Murder at the Howard Johnson’s will mark the beginning of the venue’s fifth season of presenting Broadway style entertainment. Performances run from February 2 through March 4, 2018, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. There will be one Thursday evening performance on February 1.

They say all is fair in love…but what about murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a trio of lovers in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, Arlene, her lover, Mitchell, and her husband, Paul, in three scenes. It’s a laugh-a-minute murder plot, that twists and turns. They’ll all be checking in, but will anyone be left alive to check out?

Director Steve DeBruyne says, “The script has moments of melodrama and slapstick comedy worthy of The Three Stooges. The beauty here is that the three stooges on our stage are some of the talented Michiganders you’ve come to expect to meet at The Dio!”

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s features performances by Joshua Brown of Brownstown, Molly Cunningham of Lansing and Dale Dobson of Milford.

All tickets include dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. The menu for Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is inspired by a classic Howard Johnson’s menu and includes coleslaw, our fresh buttery breadsticks, fresh veggies sautéed in garlic and herbs and served over a bed of rice, lightly salted French fried potatoes, grilled Johnson’s with a selection of condiments, and Howard Johnson’s famous clam strips, breaded and fried to a golden brown.

PLEASE NOTE: Murder at the Howard Johnson’s contains adult language and sexual humor, and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tickets for all performances are available now and may be purchased by visiting diotheatre.com or by calling (517) 672-6009. Seating is limited. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

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