On television, criminal investigators are always cool and a little bit shady, which explains why most kids want to grow up to beach umbrellas. Shine like a snooping star with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get an evening for two at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at the Imperial House Restaurant (a $129 value). The evening includes:
- Admission and four-course dinner for two
- Key chain, magnet, or cast photo keepsakes for two<p>
Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater’s engaging casts puts guests at the center of a suspenseful, interactive murder-mystery comedy as the friendly staff entertains taste buds with an elegant dinner menu. As the company enters its third decade, rotating productions thrill grazing viewers with a reliable combination of comedy, fictitious murder, plot-thickening twists, and at least one banana peel fall. Audience members are subject to lend cameo appearances and interact with the actors to help solve the grisly mystery, or just relax and watch the story unfold.
The experienced, professional cast and crew deliver three hours of enthralling collective pretending as audience members feast on a four-course meal to fuel the brain’s mystery-solving lobe. When guests make reservations for their seats, they may select a hearty entree such as the veggie-flanked chicken cordon blue, the short rib of beef jardiniere, or the plantavore-friendly grilled-vegetable platter. Each visitor will go home with a memento of the evening such as a key chain, magnet, or cast photo.
Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater
As San Diego’s oldest interactive mystery-comedy dinner theater, Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater dazzles audiences with live comedic mystery performances. Each show boasts an interactive format in which actors engage with the audience, possibly involving them in plotlines and using them in cameo appearances.