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Sinfully delicious: 'Just Desserts' to be performed at dinner theater

Contributed photo Miss Peabody, played by Lynda Swinney, questioned the "suspects" in the murder, including (left to right) Edna Mae Carter, played by Barb Quade; Lucy "Scooter" Bright, played by Wanda Lee; and Mrs. Margaret Mason played by Kristin Berry-Steffensen.

Dinner, desserts, dimwittedness, drama and detective work make for a deliciously delightful evening during the upcoming murder mystery night at John O's Dinner Theatre in Brooten.

The performance dates are March 6 through March 8 and March 13 through March 15.

For the Friday and Saturday shows, seating for dinner begins at 5 p.m. with the show set to start at 7:30 p.m.

The Sunday shows start with dinner seating at 2 p.m. and the show to take place at 4:30 p.m.

"Just Desserts," which is by Craig Sodaro, is a lively mystery play revolving around the untimely death of Judge Reginald P. Cogsworth, who perished while judging an annual charity bakeoff. The play is interactive and the audience must deduce which of the three talented ladies who entered the contest poisoned the judge, and what their motive was.

Was it the ditzy and garishly dressed Lucy "Scooter" Bright, the proud and haughty Margaret Mason, or the frumpy, cat-loving librarian Edna Mae Carter?

There's an old saying that says, "You are what you eat." Perhaps that will hold true with this production of "Just Desserts" as well.

Each of the three suspects have entered a sinfully delicious dessert into the annual charity bakeoff and each of the desserts represents these three women flawlessly.

Mrs. Margaret Mason entered a chocolate torte, which is as rich and full of flavor and attitude as she is.

The raspberry tart was entered by Lucy "Scooter" Bright, who is as buxom and flirtatious as the raspberries in her dessert.

Finally, the frumpy and depressing Edna Mae Carter entered a Depression-era cake, which she titled "Frugal Cake!"

To make a reservation, call John O's at (320) 346-4330. For more information, visit John O's Web site at