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The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FEA­TURES -

pen­ing at CSz Philadel­phia ev­ery Fri­day in Oc­to­ber.

An im­prov com­edy sta­ple in Philly for the last 25 years, CSz Philadel­phia is breath­ing new life (and lots of laughs) into Clue, with seven of their fun­ni­est ac­tors play­ing the iconic roles of Pro­fes­sor Plum, Colonel Mus­tard, Mrs. White, and all the other usual sus­pects. One of those col­or­coded char­ac­ters is a mur­derer, but no one knows who it is—not even the ac­tors on­stage.

“This is an idea I’ve had for al­most 15 years,” said event or­ga­nizer Kristin Finger, who will be play­ing Mrs. Pea­cock in the show. It was in­spired by her dual love of the game Clue and the cult-clas­sic film of the same name, star­ring Tim Curry and Christo­pher Lloyd.

“One of my fa­vorite things to do is play Clue while watch­ing ‘Clue,’” Finger said, laugh­ing. “My dream has al­ways been to play Mrs. Pea­cock, and I think I self­ishly cre­ated this show so I could play Mrs. Pea­cock.”

Be­ing a true-to-form im­prov com­edy ex­pe­ri­ence, the loose frame­work of Mur­der Manor is set in ad­vance, but the story un­folds or­gan­i­cally. There will be au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, sight gags, and lots of spon­ta­neous hu­mor. This a Hal­loween event light on tricks and big on treats.

Mur­der Manor by CSz Philly will be held at the Adri­enne Theater, 2030 San­som St., Philadel­phia, on Fri­day, Oct. 19, and Fri­day, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. Tick­ets are $15. More in­for­ma­tion: com­e­dys­portzphilly. com.

Ghost Tours at Brin­ton Lodge

Per­haps you’d rather visit a haunted house? And not one of those staged haunted houses with ar­ti­fi­cial cob­webs and ac­tors dressed as mum­mies. No, we’re talk­ing about a “real” haunted house, a build­ing with a long his­tory of death—and sev­eral re­ports of spec­tral pres­ences.

Brin­ton Lodge is one of those haunted houses.

A sto­ried, 300-year-old man­sion in Dou­glassville, Brin­ton Lodge has had many in­car­na­tions. Around the turn of the 20th cen­tury, it was the lav­ish sum­mer home of a wealthy fam­ily. Dur­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion era, it was a gen­tle­man’s club fre­quented by such celebri­ties as Frank Si­na­tra and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. Now, it’s known as one of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 10 most haunted houses.

“There are sev­eral ghost sto­ries as­so­ci­ated with the build­ing,” said owner Tim Reeser. “In the 1970s, a medium who worked for Scot­land Yard as a psy­chic de­tec­tive stayed for two weeks at the Brin­ton Lodge, and he iden­ti­fied five spir­its that had died there.”

Among those five spir­its is Caleb Brin­ton, the lodge’s for­mer owner and name­sake. An­other spirit is thought to be Brin­ton’s mother, Katharine Whit­man. Both Caleb and Katharine died some­where in­side Brin­ton Lodge. Other noted spir­its in­clude a young girl, a man known as Dap­per Dan, and a woman in a white dress.

Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous guests, em­ploy­ees, and para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors, these many spir­its of­ten man­i­fest as dark shad­ows float­ing through rooms— ghostly palls mov­ing rest­lessly around the an­cient cor­ri­dors of Brin­ton Lodge.

“As we tour the build­ing, we go through those sto­ries,” said Reeser.

Dur­ing the late-night tour, which is il­lu­mi­nated by the dim glow of can­dle­light, guests are armed with di­vin­ing rods, which re­port­edly help to lo­cate spir­its on the premises. Will you be one of the cho­sen few to en­counter a phan­tom res­i­dent? Walk the halls and find out.

Ghost Tours at Brin­ton Lodge, 1808 W. Schuylkill Road, Dou­glassville, are held Fri­days, Satur­days, and Sun­days from Nov. 10. Most tours are held at 10 p.m., though times vary. Tick­ets are $20. More in­for­ma­tion: brin­ton­lodge.com/ ghost­tours.

COUR­TESY BRIN­TON LODGE

The 300-year-old premises of Brin­ton Lodge, where para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors are said to have de­tected ghostly pres­ences. The lodge is hold­ing can­dlelit ghost tours Oct. 12 to Nov. 10.

COUR­TESY BRIN­TON LODGE

The 300-year-old premises of Brin­ton Lodge, where para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors are said to have de­tected ghostly pres­ences. The lodge is hold­ing can­dlelit ghost tours Oct. 12 to Nov. 10.

COUR­TESY BRIN­TON LODGE

The 300-year-old premises of Brin­ton Lodge, where para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors are said to have de­tected ghostly pres­ences. The lodge is hold­ing can­dlelit ghost tours Oct. 12 to Nov. 10.

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