On television, criminal investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be cops, actors, or a pair of sunglasses. Shine like a snooping star with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get admission and dinner for two and a pair of performance keepsakes from Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at the Imperial House Restaurant (a $129 value).
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, fake murder, plot-thickening twists, and at least one banana-peel-fall, which Aristotle deemed as the most essential component for a successful theatrical drama. Audience members are subject to 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 ensure three hours of enthralling collective pretending as the audience members fuel the brain's mystery-solving lobe with a four-course meal. When guests make reservations for their seats, they may select a hearty entree such as the veggie-flanked chicken cordon bleu, the short rib of beef jardiniere, or the plantavore-friendly grilled-vegetable platter. As a memento of the evening, each visitor will go home with either 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.
505 Kalmia St.
San Diego, California 92101