New ‘Cocktail & Appetizer Theatre’ Concept Takes Up Residence in The Curtis

Without a Cue, an immersive murder mystery theatre company, will debut later this year with a Philly-based ‘Friends’ parody dubbed ‘Phriends’.
New ‘Cocktail & Appetizer Theatre’ Concept Takes Up Residence in The Curtis
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The immersive murder mystery production company, Without a Cue, will be opening its flagship theatre this fall at the historic Curtis Building under the auspices of owner and executive director, Traci Connaughton.   

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According to Connaughton, Without a Cue recently signed a lease for the roughly 100-seat, 3,346 square foot theatre, christened the Red Rūm, and that the team hopes to debut their inaugural production by October’s end, though that timeline won’t be finalized until later this week.

Despite the fact that Without a Cue has been called “dinner theatre,” Connaughton clarifies that there won’t actually be full meal service, but rather cocktails, snacks, and appetizers – the former provided by Pops McCann.   

“We are very excited to be opening our first brick-and-mortar in Philadelphia, right across the street from Independence Hall,” Connaughton tells What Now Philadelphia. “This is a project that has been 20 years in the making. We have been performing throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland, and we are hoping to open by the end of October, which will also match almost 20 years to the day of our first performance ever.”

Without a Cue’s first production at the Red Rūm is entitled Phriends, a Philadelphia-based murder mystery parody of the popular sitcom, Friends, that sees the titular characters visiting the City of Brotherly Love to celebrate the opening of a new Perk coffee shop in Fairmount. 

Drew Pittock

Drew Pittock is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, CA. He’s covered music, culture, and plant-based cuisine for various media outlets from Beijing to Tallinn and beyond. He currently lives in El Paso, TX with his wife and their cat.
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