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January 17, 2018

Greystone Mansion Murder Mystery Show in Beverly Hills

IMG_0011The L.A. Times calls it “The best show in town!” so you know it’s got to be good, and it WAS! “It” was The Manor, a play performed in the beautiful Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. And “it” was the reason why 48 Daytripper Tour passengers journeyed north with driver Ernesto behind the wheel on a lovely Sunday recently. Our first stop, however, was the iconic Farmers Market in the heart of LA where everyone was on his or her own for lunch. This landmark was established in 1934 when a dozen local farmers parked their trucks in an open field that was once a dairy farm to sell fresh produce to local residents. The farmers had to pay 50 cents a day to park their trucks there. Some call The Farmers Market the best grocery store in Los Angeles IMG_0004because of the big selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, baked goods ice cream and nuts. Other people think it’s the dining options, with over 40 restaurants, that make the Farmers Market such a hit. Whatever you think, your taste buds will be satisfied. Some of us wandered next-door to The Grove to watch the dancing waters in the central fountain and “people watch” all the shoppers going in and out of the expensive stores. It was a fun time. And hour and a half later we reboarded the motor coach for the 15 minute drive into the hills of Beverly Hills. Soon, we saw it. Perched on a hill like a castle overlooking Sunset Boulevard—the Greystone Estate. Also known as the Doheney Mansion, it is a 55 room Tudor Revival mansion with distinctive formal English gardens. Today it is owned by the City of Beverly Hills which bought it in 1965, but it is what happened when it was in the private hands of its original owners back in the 1930s that has drawn us there today. And what happened? Well, just months after moving in with his wife and five children, Ned Doheney died in a guest bedroom in a murder-suicide with his secretary, IMG_0006Hugh Plunket. No one really knows exactly what happened, but the performance that we watched helps unravel the mystery. It was most unusual. We, the audience members, followed the actors through “the Manor” to watch scenes unfold where they actually took place. We felt like we were IN the play! The audience members were divided into three groups and asked to follow an actor to each location in the mansion. While one group would be in the bedroom, the second group would be in the study, and a third group would be by the grand stairway. Then we would walk to another room to watch another scene. The Manor has been performed every year at Greystone Mansion since 2002. This year, 2018, marks a run of 16 consecutive years, making it one of Los Angeles’ longest running plays. “Stage Scene LA” says “what makes The Manor so special is the you-are-there, fly-on-the-wall nature of the experience, and what an experience it is!” I couldn’t have said it better myself and along with my Daytripper Tour passengers, we will remember this experience for a long time…
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IMG_0008– Pat Brown
Tour: The Manor: Murder & Madness at the Greystone Mansion
Date: January 14, 2018


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