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Theatre Review: A Virtual Whodunnit online murder mystery—until April 11

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on April 9, 2021




Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Dirk Visbach as Sterling in a Virtual WhodunnitThis might sound like any old murder mystery—a wealthy old man, threatening to change his will, dies suddenly before it can be finalized and a detective is called in only to discover that… it seems everyone has a motive. But there’s a twist! A Virtual Whodunnit isn’t just a play—it’s a murder mystery where the audience chooses the ending.

Starting with a family gathering to celebrate the CEO billionaire’s birthday and discuss some family business, the audience is fully enveloped in the relationship dynamics and starts to see who each of the family members really are within just a few minutes. But, is everyone who they seem to be?

After Mr. Sterling (Dirk Visbach) is murdered, Detective Sloan (Len Trembley) takes the audience inside his investigation to discover more about the suspects and tries to decipher who is the murderer. We get to follow his whiteboard of suspects behind him on screen as he updates his notes after each interview.

While using cliches (“it was a dark and stormy night…”) the play also has fun with more recent nods (“the wind howled like a Kardashian who didn’t make the cover of People.”) Giving Agatha Christie vibes, with a heavy dose of cheeky humour, the production keeps the audience enthralled from beginning to end.

After experiencing some opening night tech problems, the show started a few minutes late—but after that everything flowed smoothly and a pop-up vote near the end easily allowed the audience to vote for who they suspected the murderer was before they played out the final scene.

This is a great way to spend part of your evening, searching through clues and trying to discover the truth. But in the end, can you solve the mystery and figure out whodunnit?

A Virtual Whodunnit runs April 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 11 at 2 p.m. online via Zoom. Registration is free, but donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation are welcome. The show runs for 45 minutes with no intermission.