'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder': A different time - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder': A different time

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

There's just one thing to say about the Orpheum's newest production: murder has never looked so fun.

"A Gentleman's guide to Love and Murder" is a musical set back in the early 1900s. To get a taste of what the 1900s were like, WMC Action News 5’s Kendall Kirkham joined some cast members from the play at the only place to have a traditional afternoon tea in town.

Kendall’s lesson in a lady’s guide to tea and etiquette began with event design and etiquette expert Sally Shy.

“You never lean over and pick up your napkin, never," Shy said. "You may eat that--and not lick your thumb."

"The soul of politeness is not a question of rules, but of tranquility, humility and simplicity," Shy added.

Kendall’s lesson continued at Chez Phillipe inside the historic Peabody hotel, where she learned the proper way to pour tea. She even got suggestions on which teas she should try.

"Maybe some flavored or classic British breakfast or earl grey," a waiter said.

Sally Shy continued Kendall’s lesson by showing her how to properly hold the tea cup. Shy said ‘clinking’ your cups together is a big no no.

Kendall and Shy weren’t the only ones who came to enjoy the lesson. Three ladies from “A Gentleman’s guide to Love and Murder” joined them.

Kristen Beth Williams plays Sibella Hallward.

“There's a dinner scene in the show so we might learn some things we can take away," Williams said.

“A Gentleman’s guide to Love and Murder” is set in the early 20th century.

“Things were much more formal," Mary Van Arsdel, who plays the character Miss Shingle, said.

The witty musical captures the 20th century’s formal time perfectly, including much different rules than the rules today.

The 2014 Tony Award winning play could be called politely impolite as it follows the story of a man who discovers he’s a not so distant heir to a large fortune. In order to get to that large fortune he decides to eliminate the people who stand in line before him.

'The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' runs through Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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