The Dinner Detective

Sheraton Chapel Hill

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In a Nutshell

Suspicious glances fill ballroom as improv-savvy cast helps diners with invented identities solve a murder during a four-course meal

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 24, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Not valid with promo codes. Lmt 4/person. Tax & service fee of $13 per person will be added during req online reservation. Subject to avail. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must be 15+; under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for avail. Valid only for dates listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Extra fee for parking. Must use value in 1 visit. Not valid w/promo codes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

The Deal

  • $48 for one general admission ticket with a commemorative mug (up to $79.90 value)
  • When: any show from May 7 through September 24. Shows usually start by 6:25 p.m.
  • Click here to see the show schedule.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner

The Dinner Detective, an interactive murder-mystery show, intrigues and involves audiences as they enjoy four delectable courses, attempt to sleuth out the murderer in their midst, and solve comedic cases. During the cocktail hour, guests create alternate identities and mingle with potential friends, foes, and bears dressed in men-suits before settling down at tables of eight for a feast that includes hors d’oeuvres, salad, and an entree. A cast of colorful detectives and improv-savvy performers doubling as servers help set the stage for whodunits, as platefuls of chosen entrees—chicken confit, pork tenderloin, or tomato pasta—mysteriously vanish into stomachs.

The cast eschews themed-era period shticks in favor of comedy mysteries based on a combination of actual cold-case crimes and set in modern-day Colorado. Sips of wine relax nerves as couples try to figure out the murderer and claim the evening’s undisclosed prize, and a choice of coffee, soda, or tea keeps eyes alert to potential clues and accidental admissions. Desserts, like justice, fill mouths with a sweet taste as three-hour evenings end with catching a criminal.

The Dinner Detective is recommended for ages 17 and up.

The Dinner Detective

The Dinner Detective eschews campy costumes and plots for an exciting evening of food-accompanied mystery and paranoia, where actors hide among the diners, playing innocent and making everyone a potential suspect. To solve the crime, guests freely interrogate one another, chivvying out clues about the murderer and determining who has a bloodthirsty look in their eyes. Between dramatic deaths and simulated police involvement, guests dig into three-course meals, washed down with bottomless iced tea, coffee, and drinks from the cash bar. The diner who comes closest to solving the mystery through their snooping goes home with a prize basket to show off to their friends or split with the murderer as per their shadowy conspiracy. Prop guns and gunshot sound effects may be used during the performance.


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