Everyone did a wonderful job of getting into character. There was the lush mother with her giant snifter of wine, the shrew of a daughter (who had a bottle of arsenic and a book entitled "How to Poison your Unloving Father for Dummies"), the professor's assistant with his trophy wife (who were both having affairs with the professor), the insane adopted son (who, every time we glanced over at, was swatting at imaginary flies or gnawing on his plate), the grounds keeper (who was having an affair with the lush wife, and who was played like the Rainman), and the nervous and fidgety maid (also having an affair with the professor). Everyone was brilliant, and the script was hysterical. We were all in fits of laughter all night long, and had a grand time.
Our hosts had prepared a wonderful meal - starters of baked brie and made from scratch croissants, cheeses, and fruits, and a main course of delicious ham, potato salad, green beans, and cranberry rice. It all tasted fabulous! I had intended to make a cheesecake for the evening, but ran out of time, so I brought a red velvet cake instead, and a few bottles of wine.
The entire room was decked out with test tubes full of different coloured potions, giant urns of bubbling and smoking liquids, books on alchemy, and every wonderful thing. Many of the props were built specifically for the occasion, and were quite beautiful. Our hosts did a wonderful job of getting everyone involved in the plot, and keeping us entertained.