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The Dio opens 2020 season with Sam Bobrick play

Preview January 23, 2020 Encore Staff

PINCKNEY—The Dio–Dining & Entertainmentto launches its 2020 season with the Sam Bobrick play, It’s Only Murder, a comedic mystery (with a number of immature moments). Performances take place  from January 31 through March 1, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. There will also be an added evening performance on Thursday, February 27.

Directed by Dio artistic director, Steve DeBruyne, It’s Only Murder tells the story of Jerome Teppel, a recently married, fairly well-off CPA, who discovers that among his wife Francine’s monthly purchases was a gun. Shortly after that, Jerome is informed by his neighbor, Lenore Franklin, that his wife and her husband are having a torrid affair. What ensues next is murder, a little sex and a lot of laughs. A warning to all readers. This is a totally outrageous play and the author will stop at nothing to take the audience on a wild and hilarious ride. It’s Only Murder features performances by Michael Bessom, Molly Cunningham, Dale Dobson and Annabelle Young.

*Please note: It’s Only Murder contains strong language and sexual humor, and is intended for mature audiences only.

On October 11, 2019, only a few days after The Dio announced their 7th season, Sam Bobrick, writer of It’s Only Murder, died at the age of 87, after a long career as an author, playwright, television writer and lyricist. Bobrick began his career writing for the popular children’s show, Captain Kangaroo. He went on to write for The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Flintstones and Get Smart, to name a few. He was also the creator of the tv series, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which was adapted into the hit 90s television series, “Saved By The Bell”. He wrote over 40 plays, three of which made it to Broadway, and he co-wrote the song, “The Girl of My Best Friend,” which was recorded by Elvis Presley, and many other recording artists throughout the years.

All tickets include The Dio’s dinner buffet, a non-alcoholic beverage, dessert and the show. The menu for It’s Only Murder will include a crisp garden salad with choice of dressing, honey-buttered sour dough dinner rolls, brown sugar glazed baby carrots, smashed Idaho potatoes seasoned with thyme, butter and garlic, hand carved USDA prime beef roast, fried boneless, skinless chicken, plus dessert.

Tickets for all performances are available now and may be purchased by visiting diotheatre.com or by calling (517) 672-6009. Seating is limited and certain performances are already sold out, so consider making your reservations well in advance.

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