Recently my husband, Chris, and I had an oh-so-special night. You know what I’m talking about – the kind that doesn’t involve kids. That’s right, we got to go out on a date. Alone. Without children. Since he and I both love a good mystery, we decided to go to a murder mystery dinner show. As far as I’m concerned, you can never go wrong with a little mystery, intrigue, and murder.
**Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets to the show thanks to Vimbly in order to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
We ended up choosing to go see the Crime and Pun-ishment Interactive Dinner, which is put on by The Murder Mystery Company at the Sons of Italy in Quincy, MA.
Here is the description of the show:
Things take a turn for the gutter at Mafia Don Lou Zar’s juice joint when someone is put on ice! The crowd is chock full of potential suspects. Jealous, jilted lovers, a rival Mafioso, and a pair of undercover feds make an appearance at this speakeasy and not a single person is muttering a word! Help find out who’s on the level and who’s on the lam by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the murderer hotfoots it out of there!
In the confirmation email that I received after I ordered our tickets, we were told to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the show and it was encouraged that we dressed in 1920’s gangster themed attire (flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, pinstriped suits and fedoras). Although Chris and I didn’t dress up, I would say that about half of the audience did.
The show was an absolute riot. We were seated at a table of eight and each table would have to work as a team to solve the mystery. Luckily we were sat at a table with three other couples and they were all really fun. A couple of them really got into it and worked hard to solve the murder.
When the show first started, we were introduced to the main characters (one of which gets murdered later on) Lou Zar (get it?? Say it fast) and his girlfriend, Amanda Lay.
Once the murder took place, we were introduced to all the suspects. It may look like there were a lot of suspects (there were), but there were a lot of people in the audience that night and one person from each table was chosen to be a suspect in the show.
The “suspect” from our table was a real trooper and seemed to really have fun playing along. His name was “Scott Free”.
Each suspect was given a sheet of paper with information about their character and at two different points in the show, everyone in the audience got a chance to get up and ask the suspects questions to try to solve the case.
Each table was provided some help with the interrogation, so we had an idea of some questions to ask the suspects.
And of course, we were sent out with a little bribe money.
Each table also had score sheet so that we had a place to keep track of all the suspects and write down all the information we gathered while we were out and about talking to the different suspects.
The show was an absolute blast. Like I said before, our table really got into it, but sadly we didn’t end up figuring out who the correct murderer was. I think there were just too many suspects in this particular case, but none of us cared because it was so much fun trying to figure the whole thing out.
And as if an evening of mystery and laughs wasn’t enough, you get dinner, too!
Dinner was actually served before the show started, so everyone had a chance to eat before we started solving crime. As you can see from the photo, the three course dinner is served buffet style. We had our choice of boneless stuffed chicken breast with gravy and cranberry sauce, ziti macaroni in sauce and meatballs with cheese. A chef choice potato side dish and a chef choice vegetable side dish was served as well (we had roasted potatoes and green beans). Cake was on the menu for dessert and there was a coffee station, too! There was also a house salad on each table for everyone to share.
Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the show & FYI, it was cash only.
I bet you’re wondering how I even found out about this show in the first place? One word: Vimbly.
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