MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 27, 2014

Wagoner Playhouse show is family fare despite its name

By E.I. Hillin
Phoenix Staff Writer

— “Let’s Murder Marsha” isn’t as violent as the title leads you to believe, the play’s director said.

“It’s a cuss-free, no profanity, no sexual content, family-oriented play,” said Larry Cragg.

Cragg will make his directing debut this weekend at the Wagoner Civic Center.

“Let them know Wagoner’s got more than Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell,” he said.

The play is a murder mystery/comedy presented by Wagoner Playhouse Association. It opens this evening. Each date of the performance includes a dinner catered by Steakout Restaurant, but tickets are available for performances only.

Monk Ferris, one of the several pen names for playwright Jack Sharkey, wrote the play, and it was published in 1984 by Samuel French.

“This is my first go-round as far as directing,” Cragg said.

He said that he has been in many plays at Muskogee Little Theatre.

It’s not only Cragg’s first time directing but also the first lead role for his wife, Lynn Cragg. She plays Marsha Gilmore in the fast-action comedy. Cragg said the role has been something new for her.

“It’s been a challenge. I’ve enjoyed it,” Cragg said.

Gilmore is a housewife with an interesting infatuation.

“She’s well off. She reads a lot of murder mysteries and has a hard time distinguishing between reality and fiction,” Cragg said.

Cragg said the play is sure to entertain.

“It should be a lot of fun. There’s a twist in the end,” she said.  

The play is in two acts and has seven characters.

“It all takes place in the same day at the same apartment,” Cragg said.

Ticket sales will be used to buy stage props and more books.

“It goes right back to Playhouse,” he said.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: “Let’s Murder Marsha,” presented by Wagoner Playhouse Association.

WHEN: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Play starts at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, and April 4. A matinee on April 5 will include lunch at 1 p.m. and the play at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Wagoner Civic Center, 301 S. Grant Ave.

INFORMATION: (918) 645-5515, call for reservations.

TICKETS: Dinner and play prices: Adults, $18, children (8 and younger), $14. Play-only prices: Adults, $7, and children, $3.