JoAnne Spiller and Chris Wheeler rehearse a scene from the Madison Community Players presentation of “French Kisses.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
JoAnne Spiller and Chris Wheeler rehearse a scene from the Madison Community Players presentation of “French Kisses.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A dinner theater production featuring mystery, murder and intrigue take the stage this weekend in Madison.

Madison Community Players presents two performances of "French Kisses," a three-act comedy that keeps the audience guessing 'who-dun-it' until the end.

JoAnne Spiller, president of the Madison Community Players, said the play is a farce set in the French Rivera.

"It's all a matter of figuring out who's who," Spiller said of the show. "The characters aren't who they appear to be."

The production, which be at the Livery Stable on Feb. 15-16, has been around for several years, Spiller said. The play had been on the theater group's list to perform for quite a while.

"Stephanie (Hellmann) has been wanting to do this play for a long time," Spiller said.

When the board chose plays for the upcoming season, "French Kisses" rose to the top of the selections this year. Even though the play has been around for nearly two decades, the piece isn't dated. The play's author didn't specify an era for the production, and the Madison Community Players decided to design the production's sets for today's audience.

"We're making it modern," Spiller said.

The play is the second dinner theater show of the season for Madison Community Players, and fits a Valentine's Day-theme for couples.

"It's kind of sweet, kind of sexy," Spiller said.

The play features a mix of Russian, French and American spies trying to solve a crime, she said. The production isn't recommended for young children.

Cast members include Chris Wheeler as Fenway, Dan Hellmann as Pierre, Carrie Hart as Dominique, JoAnne Spiller as Inspector Maxime and Julie Swartz as Florence. Jamie Royce serves as the director of the production. Lindsay Obendorf is stage manager and Kelley Hoagland serves as technical support.

Doors open at 6 p.m., Spiller said. A dinner buffet will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m., and vegetarian options will be available. The play will begin after dinner and is expected to last about two hours with a dessert intermission between the first and second acts. Another 15 minute intermission will take place between the second and third acts.

Tickets cost $28 for the dinner and show, and are available at Nice Shots! at 131 E. Main St. or by calling 493-3357 or 701-3028.