Church Street Daughters pictured are Barbara Pinker (left), Kaylie Wilson, Rodney Rogers (right), and Glenn Orange.
What happens when the theatre audience is in the show and not just at the show? “Absolute chaos!” shouts Black Fedora owner Darryl Wade when he opens most shows at the tiny theatre tucked in a corner on Church Street. When Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club opens on October 26, it will be the Black Fedora’s sixth original comedy mystery and 620th performance. Thousands of audience members have played starring roles, to the gleeful delight of their fellow guests. For this new show, get out your fancy hats, and don’t wear too much mascara.
The Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness have held their monthly Garden, Gun & Gin Club since long before miniskirts, meter maids, and men wearing shorts replaced good southern decency. But now the ladies must band together to overcome the greatest pestilences to invade their hallowed hardwood halls since General Sherman and the palmetto bug. For today marks the first time the Club has ever opened up the floor to men ... and murder!
When: Starting October 26. Show plays in repertoire with other Black Fedora productions, every night except Mondays. See website for details.
Where: The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church Street (Mere shoeprints from the downtown City Market)
How Much: $24 Adults, $22 College/Military, $15 Children 12 and Under
Tickets and Info: www.charlestonmysteries.com, 843 WE SMILE (843-937-6453)