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The cast of Mystery Theater Unlimited’s “How the West Was Dumb” dinner theater slated for July 1 at River City Restaurant and July 2 at Vue Bar and Grill are, left to right, Ryan Sears as Toronto, Butch Maxwell as Roger Rodgers, Renee Storm as Calamity Joan, Michael Moran as Cheeto Bandito and Bert Furioli as Mild Bill Hiccup. In July performances, Pete Fernbaugh will play Toronto and Dustin Heavilin will play Mild Bill Hiccup. (Photo provided)

WHEELING — Mystery Theater Unlimited presents its original musical mystery dinner theater, “How the West Was Dumb,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at River City Restaurant in Wheeling and again at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2 at Vue Bar and Grill at Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. In the family parody, two Old West outlaws are pursued by a tough bounty hunter, an ignorant marshal, and a college-educated Native American.

In the show, set in 1875, an outlaw thief known as Mild Bill Hiccup (played by Dustin Heavilin) ​​aspires to be the most notorious villain of the American Old West. Along with his Mexican companion, known as Cheeto Bandito (played by Michael Moran), he steals his 47th train at the start of the show. The two con artists narrowly elude capture of Texas Marshal Roger Rodgers (played by Butch Maxwell), a naive benefactor whose bravado is only exceeded by his political incorrectness.

When Marshal Rodgers searches for recruits at a nearby saloon, he catches the eye of a tough, but accident-prone bounty hunter known as Calamity Joan (portrayed by Renee Storm). Determined to reap a reward for capturing the villains, Joan races to find them. Rodgers enlists help in beating Joan against the outlaws by gaining support from a Native American named Toronto (played by Pete Fernbaugh), but the Marshal is unable to understand the Native American’s language – which is a perfect English.

The ensuing chase leads to hilarious but deadly complications with secret hideouts, a mine explosion, a cattle stampede, a five-man shootout, and delightful musical interludes.

The Wheeling-based ensemble has been writing and performing original crime comedy since 1996.

Performances include audience interaction and the chance to solve a murder mystery, as well as a full dinner. Performances take place in a dining room, with actors moving between tables.

Along with the chance to play small roles in the show and interview the characters, audience members are encouraged to collect and share clues.

For reservations and information about Thursday’s performance at River City, located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling, call 304-233-4555. For Friday’s performance at Vue, call 304-810-2778 or 304-845-9810.

Private parties are available by calling 304-280-8681.

For more information, visit www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com.

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