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‘Murder at the Howard Johnson’s’ upcoming at Brooke Hills Playhouse

PREPARING — Rehearsals are underway for the second production at Brooke Hills Playhouse. Sarah Elizabeth Tennant, Andrew Buoy Eskelund, and Richard Twist Oliver are plotting “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.” -- Contributed

WELLSBURG — “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” will be the second production of the 50th season of the Brooke Hills Playhouse.

Written by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, performances will be held June 18-20 and 25-27.

“This particular show was produced several years ago. This season a board member read it and thought we should do it again. It fits in nicely with the other shows we are presenting this season,” said Julia Barnhart, president of the Brooke County Arts Council president and director.

Is all fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The love triangle involves a woman, her lover and her husband in two acts and three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife. Does murder finally occur? The audience will find out.

The cast includes Sarah Elizabeth Tennant of Follansbee as the wife, Arlene Miller. Andrew Buoy Eskelund of Weirton portrays the husband, Paul Miller. Richard Twist Oliver of Chester plays the lover, Mitchell Lovell.

Barnhart said seating restrictions brought on by the response to COVID-19 have been updated.

“The Brooke County Health Department has lifted seating requirements so that our full theater may be used,” she stated. “Masks are suggested but are no longer required, and it is no longer necessary to make reservations, but we will take them as requested.”

Season passes are available at the box office at $36 for adults, $30 for seniors and students and $24 for children 12 and younger. Passes grant patrons four shows for the price of three. Single tickets for performances are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors who are 55 and older and students and $8 for children.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. The box office opens one hour prior to performances. Call or text (304) 737-3344 for reservations or information.

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