The best murder-mystery plays place a high premium on audience interaction, unlike the opera or traffic court. The murderer’s right in this very room with this Groupon to Marin Murder Mysteries’ interactive play Remains to be Seen at San Rafael Joe’s. Shows are scheduled at 6:15 p.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays through April 27. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get two tickets to any performance (a $60 value).
- For $55, you get four tickets to any performance (a $120 value).<p>
Each ticket comes with choice of either one soft drink, coffee, tea, or house wine (red or white).
Though dinner is not included with these tickets, a five-course meal may be purchased for an additional $38 per person.
A Rod Serling-esque narrator is the first in a long line of fond send-ups of classic TV characters in Remains to Be Seen. As complications surrounding a dead body found in a steamer trunk develop, the parade of suspicious types grows to include a washed-up lounge act, a vain, aging movie star, and an eerily familiar pair of federal agents named Muledeer and Sullen. While the feds follow the obvious route of pinning the crime on extraterrestrials, a sweet-and-sour pair of detectives named Goodman and Badham try to stay grounded as they unravel the wacky knot of ulterior motives, seeking help from the audience at key moments. Playgoers can decide for themselves if they’d rather jump into the mystery and aim for a chance to win prizes or simply sit back and nod as if they figured it out long ago. High ceilings and wall-spanning pastoral murals add to the old-time action in San Rafael Joe’s exposed-brick back room.
Marin Murder Mysteries
At Marin Murder Mysteries, dinner mates may ask you to pass the rolls just before they begin chipping away at your alibi. That’s because guests are both suspects and sleuths during the theater troupe’s interactive performances, attempting to tally the clues and pinpoint the culprit's motive. Each year, the cast and crew serve up three to four different shows that inject generous portions of slapstick into the familiar detective genre. The writers and directors have a particular fondness for the noir-soaked era of the 1950s, with such past plays as Remains to be Seen, Murder Me, Always, and Death of a Doornail. During the show, guests have the option to dine on a gourmet dinner or sip cocktails from a cash bar.