Murder mystery, comedy plays come to Gwinnett

Instead of heading to the movies this weekend, use your imagination at two of Gwinnett County’s venues.

On Friday, New London Theatre is kicking off its new season with Garson Kanin’s comedy “Born Yesterday,” a story about Harry Brock (played by Jeff Haynes), a crass junk dealer who brings his uncouth, naive girlfriend Billie Dawn (Brandy Morris) to Washington, D.C.

When Dawn acts too uneducated for Brock, the corrupt dealer hires journalist Paul Verrall (Nate McCurry) to teach her the ways of life. With her new-found intelligence, she begins to see the evils her boyfriend does and tries to foil some of his plans.

The play opened on Broadway in 1946 and was later adapted into a film.

The show runs through Sept. 8 with dates and times varying. Tickets range from $10 to $15. New London is located at 2338 Henry Clower Blvd. in Snellville. For more information, visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

On Saturday, there is a murder mystery that will need to be solved. Sugar Hill Bakery and Café is hosting a Medieval Murder Mystery Dinner as part of its series of entertainment and dining events.

“Sugar Hill Bakery and Café’s Murder Mystery Dinner Series was launched last year and has become so popular that we are now taking reservations for a few months out. The community is looking for fun, affordable local entertainment — alternatives for to the weekend movie and chain restaurant option,” owner Nancy Wren said. “The most recent event was ‘Death by Chocolate’ and it was such a success we plan to repeat it for our October Murder Mystery Dinner.”

This weekend, Castle Cameolot’s Jest, Mr.Martin, has been found dead in Castle Hall and it’s up to the participants to figure out who the murderer is during dinner.

The event is $30 per person from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The bakery is located at 4969 W. Broad St. in Sugar Hill. For more information, visit www.sugarhillbakeryandcafe.com.