Yesterday, my wife and I along with another couple went to the "Totally 80's Totally Murder" dinner show. What a major disappointment!
As we waited on line to be seated, it was one of the cast member's job to take funny pictures of the guests posed with weapons in from of a mug shot back drop. This idea was very cute but nothing was ever mentioned at the event how to get the pictures. I was under the impression that there might have been some type of video slide show but that wasn't the case. Apparently the pictures were for sale. I found this out on the ride home when my friend said that he came across them as he took a walk through the room.
The show and dinner worked hand in hand. After we were first seated at a table for 10 with other guests, the wait staff offered ice tea or lemon aide and then we were invited to go and make our own salad at the other end of the room. Upon returning to our table, a cast member came to the table and gave us the low down on how the event works and asked for one of us to become a character in the show. As it turned out, a 6th grade school teacher sitting at our table became an 8 year old suspect.
When the time was right, the show started and a death occurred. Then all of the suspects were invited on to the stage where each suspects (there was about 25) told something about their character. Then it was time for dinner and also the time for everyone in the room to start interviewing the suspects. The dinner comprised of waiting on line for flavorless canned potatoes floating in water, flat string beans, either 1 piece of chicken (cutlets that were precooked sitting in a serving tray) "or" 2 small slices of cold roast beef (cut paper thin by the caterer) and a dinner roll that crumbled when you went to cut it. Before the show continued, there was a second murder and then it was time to bring the suspects back on stage with more evidence.
Then it was time for the dessert line and more interviewing of suspects. Dessert compromised of store bought apple pies that were heated in the kitchen. Sadly there was no ice cream or whipped cream to go with the pie or any coffee or hot tea.
One more time with the suspects on stage and then a few more minutes to figure out the who the killer was and what the motive was. By this time we really couldn't care less who did it because it was dragged out too too long.
Just before the answer was revealed, it was time for awards. The topics were: best male actor, best female actor, best costume, best wrong suspect and motive and best correct answer. Finally there was light at the end of the tunnel when we were all told who and why the murders happened.
To be honest, some folks at the show seemed to have a good time, but I suspect that it has something to do with them making several trips to the cash bart. As for my wife, our friends and myself, we were very disappointed at the quality of the show. Unfortunately there were far to many suspects to keep the story moving. As for the food, shame on the caterer for calling what was served a dinner.
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