Monday, March 20, 2017

The Beatles Themed Murder Mystery Story

Personally, I’ve never been in a murder mystery dinner theater show before, but I knew someone who did them for a short while. By the way, if you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about it’s basically a dinner party that plays out like a game of CLUE. Everyone stands around talking, the lights go out, and when the lights come back on someone is “dead” (actually they’re just actors pretending to be dead but whatever, just Google it). Anyway, the particular murder mystery that my friend was working on was a Beatles-themed dinner show. Now when I say that it doesn’t mean that there were dead giveaways like one guy walking around dressed like a walrus or some girl is walking around in a yellow submarine costume looking at you through a porthole. Pretty much all it really means is that all of the actors were given a Beatles song title to subtly work into conversations that play into the murder mystery storyline. One example of this might be someone coming over the PA system saying something like, “Eleanor Rigby! Eleanor Rigby! Your Honda Accord is double-parked. Please move it or you will be towed. Thank you!”

Now I told you all of that background information to tell you this. My friend was working one of these Beatles-themed dinner parties one evening and everything was going as planned. People were talking about the weather, the food, Abby Road…you know normal shit. In the midst of all of this, an actor is suppose to run into this crowded room, get everyone’s attention, and deliver his line. So the time comes, the guy busts into the room and starts to deliver his line but he got kind of flustered and totally messed it up. Instead of saying an iconic line from a well-known Beatles song, what he actually said was, “Come together….right now…all over me!” Which is a really weird thing to say to a large group of people, especially when you consider that his song was “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Just kidding! His song was “Come Together”, and in a way I guess he still told everyone to do that.

My friend never told me exactly how the guy got out of that super awkward situation, so I can’t exactly tell you how it ended (sorry). If I had to guess though I’d say that it ended with him singing the words “HELP!” and then another actor storming off yelling, “GOD DAMN IT THAT’S MY LINE! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS GUY, HE TELLS EVERYONE TO COME ALL OVER HIM THEN HE STEALS MY LINE!” It probably didn’t end that way though. Realistically he probably slowly backed out of the room and when he got home, continuously rehearsed the line, “Come together, right now, over me” until he could say it in his sleep because I don’t think what he said can be found anywhere in the Beatles catalog. To be honest though, I’m not really an authority on every Beatles song ever. Maybe “Come All Over Me” is a B-Side.