Sunday, December 1, 2013


Actor, writer, producer and director Michael Sayers is versatile with a capital V.  You might remember him as Tony Bob, one of the crazy characters that bought so much silliness and joy at Liz Fuller's thin crusted summer outdoor musicals, with a healthy helping of garlic, at Consiglio's Restaurant.  Perhaps you saw Michael indoors, also at Wooster Street's family restaurant, when he starred at one of his variety shows about love.  Even more likely, you attended one of his sixty, that's 6-0, mysteries he has penned and performed in along the eastern seaboard at colleges and corporations, even on cruise ships.

Sayers is off and running again, this time spinning around bedecked in red and green and silver tinsel as he invites you to celebrate the season in "Chester Hadlyme Holiday Mystery Party."  For two special dates, Saturday, December 7th at 1 p.m. and Thursday, December 12th at 7 p.m., Consigllio's and Sayers will be presenting a dinner theater wrapped in a mystery and tied with twin bows of songs and games.

Audience participation is at the heart of Consiglio's menu.  Be prepared to sing and play games and search for clues to a murder with Chester Hadlyme as the chief detective.  Before the party begins, you will be treated to a feast of Italian food, with appetizers like fried calamari or eggplant napoleon, entrees like sole provencal or penne vodka and desserts like Gelato or Godiva Tiramisu.  There are plenty of delicious choices.

For this year's event, the competition will be fierce, much more naughty than nice.  It's the annual "Elf of the Year" Awards and Eenie, Meany, Miney and Moe are all determined to win the coveted title.  Representing the Sales Department, Production Department and Marketing Department, the elves have forgotten the Christmas spirit as they compete for the title of "Top Employee of the Toy and Gift Factory" at the North Pole.  Detective Hadlyme needs your help, to weigh and balance all the clues dropped for you to retrieve and solve.

For tickets ($55), to "Something Elffy," call Consiglio's Restaurant, 165 Wooster Street, New Haven at 203-865-4489 or online at  Tax, tip and drinks are not included.  Doors open one hour before showtime.

Mark your calendars now for a mid-winter blast when winter blahs will be banished on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. as Michael Sayers presents "Midwinter Beach Party."  This musical variety show will summon the spirits of Annette and Frankie and all those grand sand and sea spectacles.

Join the great team of Sayers and Consiglio's for delicious and dandy entertainment!

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