Thursday, August 24, 2023

Help! I Think My Characters Are Trying to Kill Me! --A Comedy Mystery Theatre Reviewed by Pat Simmons

If I had to write an essay about what I did over the summer, attending a comedy mystery at The Black Fedora would be at the top of my list!

While in Charleston, South Carolina, for the One Love Reunion book event, Kerry and I used our downtime to sightsee the historic city known for its slave plantations and culture.

Playing my part as a tourist, I grabbed several literatures in the hotel lobby about what to do in Charleston. Immediately,  the brochure on a comedy mystery show piqued my interest. I visited their website to see what performances were scheduled. "Help! I Think My Characters Are Trying to Kill Me! piqued my interest as an author.

The Black Fedora on Church Street was in the heart of downtown Charleston in a quaint building.

Parking was not easy, with an open market area that was actually covered and roof-top dining and souvenir shops.  The atmosphere inside was charming.

The ambiance was the perfect backdrop for intrigue, with nostalgic photographs in a sepia finish of world TV detectives and a game to play while we waited to identify those characters. Kerry and I got nearly half of the correct answers, while there were a few winners.

The family-owned theatre quickly filled with willing participants to be part of the act like myself. Everything about the place was one surprise after another.  For example, although limited to choices, the menu was worth the ticket price. The hot apple blossom dessert with homemade ice cream tempted me to order seconds until the wings and dip arrived. Wow, prepared to perfection.

The waitress was young and accommodating. 

The opening skit for the "author" typing, then erasing the first line to a story, rang true. The four-person cast was talented, especially the guy Kerry and I took a picture with. I don't know how many wigs were in his collection, but every time he reappeared, it was hilarious. Speaking of hilarious, volunteers got scripts to let them know their parts. I was so engaged in the play that I almost missed my cue. LOL. The only thing I didn't like was the script I had at the end that read "yo mama" several times. I played along, but it was uncomfortable because talking about someone's mother, even in a joking manner, is cause for a serious fight.

Besides that, 10 stars. When we revisit Charleston, Kerry and I hope to see another play, order the apple blossom dessert, and buy souvenirs. It was a one-stop shop for entertainment.

Check out The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author of forty-plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth passionate about researching her ancestors and casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a five-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance and the 2022 Leslie Esdaile Trailblazer Award recipient. Christmas Dinner was also an Emma Award winner for Book of the Year. Christmas Dinner and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World Magazine.

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked in radio, television, and print media for over twenty years. Visit her at

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