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'Art of Murder' to open Fox Valley troupe season

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Submitted by Fox Valley Repertory

Fox Valley Repertory opens its 2013 theater series with Joe DiPietro's comedic game of clue, full of twists, turns and deception in the comedy mystery, "The Art of Murder." Directed by Jason W. Gerace, performances will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.

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"The Art of Murder" will preview Thursday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Feb. 1. The show will open Saturday evening, Feb. 2 and continue through Sunday, March 17.

Tickets are at $32 on Fridays and limited Thursday performances, and at $42 on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription tickets are available for $20 or less when a five-show season package is purchased. Dinner packages, group discounts and overnight rates are also available.

From the writer of the hit "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and the Tony Award-Winning musical "Memphis" comes the award-winning whodunit about a frustrated artist, his wife, their insane art dealer and the odd housekeeper. When successful artist, Jack, learns that he has been wronged by his flamboyant art dealer Vincent, he plots a devious plan to kill him. Nothing is quite as it seems in this comedic game of clue full of twists, turns and deception. "The Art of Murder" won the 2000 Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery Play.

The cast includes: Ted Hoerl, Bridget Schreiber, Stephen Spencer, and Mary Winn Heider. Jason W. Gerace will be directing on the main stage at Fox Valley Rep for the first time. As the artistic associate of American Theater Company, he has directed the most recent productions of "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play" as well as associate director for the premieres of "The Big Meal" and "Welcome to Arroyo's"; curated the Silver Project, a festival of new plays by national and Chicago playwrights celebrating ATC's 25th season, presented during the 2010 TCG National Conference. He recently directed the Jeff Award-winning production of "Opus" at RedTwist, remounted at Theatre on the Lake.

"The Art of Murder" runs Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, March 17. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Special Thursday performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 7 and 21. The show is rated PG-13.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and is sponsored in part by the Daily Herald.

For tickets, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at (630) 584-6342, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Additional performance information may be obtained at www.foxvalleyrep.org.

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