Monday, October 30, 2017


La Strada Ensemble Theater is all aboard with their revival of their very first dinner theater experience

Murder on the Paradise Line

WHEN: Fri. November 3rd & Sat. November 4th (dinner at 6pm, show at 7pm) and Sun. November 5th (brunch at 1pm, show at 2pm). (La Strada suggests arriving at JSAC 15 to 20 minutes before dinner is served.)
: Jersey Shore Arts Center, 3rd Floor Café Space (66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove NJ)
TICKETS: $45 tickets (which include dinner, show, and dessert) can be purchased online at or by calling (732) 455-2748.

Murder (written by La Strada veteran, 23 year old Brick resident, Dennis Gribben) offers theater-goers the rare taste of mystery heavily sprinkled with laughs.  Gribben has created something truly unique in Murder on the Paradise Line  a Two Act comedy about a murder mystery on a train.  His characters are rich and outlandish, fast talking and familiar (in a 1940s screwball comedy fashion) but the show itself is utterly one-of-a-kind.

Opening at La Stradas homebase  at the Jersey Shore Arts Center 3rd floor Café space on November 3rd through the 5th, Paradise is a perfect pairing of delicious fare and fabulous farce.  Each audience member will enjoy a sumptuous meal pre-show and dessert and coffee at intermission.  he show itself is set in the dining car of the economically failing Paradise Line  a once beloved entertainment excursion train which has fallen on hard times. The audience is introduced to Monty Marmamilton and his business partner Robertson whose relationship has soured over the years due to bad business, as well as several other odd and interesting characters including: an overprotective mother, a hot tempered Irish chef, a less than reliable Russian dancer, a bumbling train conductor, and Marmamilton’s much younger wife who moonlights as a showgirl. As the train leaves the station, the lights go out and, when they flicker back on, someone is shot dead!  Who has committed this murder most foul?  Its up to Detective Nebbirg and his not-so-welcome assistant, Alex, to interrogate those onboard, solve the case, and reveal The Blackout Killer  before he (or she) strikes again!

STARRING: Terrence Berry, Evan Black, Michelle Curcio, Melanie Jacob, Donna Knowlton, Nathan Magno, Anthony Morici, Levi Morici, Soren Morici, Alexa Spinowtiz and W. Allen Wrede.  It is directed by A.J. Ciccotelli