Murder mystery at the Lafayette

Photo courtesy of Paskawych Entertainment Colorful characters mingle with the staff at the Lafayette Hotel during a past Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Saturday’s event will have a 1920s gangster theme.

Here’s the deal, see. The Lafayette Hotel wants to show you a good time and you would be wise to accept, capiche?

Transporting back to the time of speakeasies, prohibition, flappers and gangsters, a Murder Mystery Dinner Show is planned for Saturday evening with such characters as Madame Patricia “Pepper” Pepperdine, Remington Richardson and his wife, Rita, Lawrence Lovemore and Cleveland Cold. There will be plenty of backstabbing, blackmailing and, of course, murder.

The characters and script are the brainchild of Kevin Paskawych and Paskawych Entertainment.

“The year is 1929 and we’ve written the script exclusively for the Lafayette and for Marietta,” Paskawych said. “We will have references to that time period in Marietta and those who have seen us before might catch references to other shows we’ve done.”

This is the second show that the entertainment company has done for the Lafayette. The first was a Friday the 13th Murder Mystery that Paskawych said sold out.

“We’ve gotten mostly positive feedback from our clients and the patrons all seem to have a really good time,” he said.

Christina Thrasher, director of sales and marketing for the Lafayette, said the partnership has been well-received and the murder mystery dinner theater is something they plan to continue.

“We hope to build up this event and also our wine dinners, the first of which is Friday. We’re looking to do this maybe every three to six months,” she said.

Paskawych provides the actors, the costumes, the makeup and special effects. The cast of seven includes two new faces who will be making their debut with the company on Saturday. Averaging three to five shows or more a season, Paskawych Entertainment also has performed on board the Valley Gem, at Undo’s on the Pike and private parties.

And while Paskawych is providing the entertainment, the Lafayette is providing a buffet meal including swiss steak, chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and birthday cake to fit the theme. Everything is prepared by the hotel’s new executive chef, Tommy Hickey.

There is no age limit to attend. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting the hotel at 740-373-5522.

Once Madame Pepper and her gang of miscreants are through roaming around the audience and the police detective has asked his questions, there will be three winners at the end of the night.

Thrasher said prizes include a goodie bag, two tickets to brunch and an overnight stay at the hotel for one lucky winner.

More information can also be found on their Facebook page at

If you go

¯ What: Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

¯ When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

¯ Where: Historic Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta

¯ Tickets: $50 per person. Overnight room packages also available.

¯ Contact: 800-331-9336, 740-373-5522 or