Murder isn’t usually funny. Nor is a suspicious, flirty woman smearing lipstick on your fiance’s cheeks. But when you’re attending the The Murder Mystery Co.’s shindig, that’s all part of the bag.
It’s comedy, people! And they’re definitely in on the gag.
“Murder at the Masquerade” is the Company’s latest work, running through February (stay tuned for “Death at the Doo-Wop”). It’s interactive, improv dinner theater, and great for those who don’t mind a little kitsch—with a lot of local talent. (Just make it a day-trip to the host city; you know I love Stillwater.)
The show starts as soon as you walk into the understated hall hosting Billionaire’s Masquerade Ball. Will you be prompted to play the doctor with a grudge or writer looking for the scoop? Or plucked from the crowd as a “sexy suitor,” just to be grilled on stage and then pulled into the kitchen for a tête-à-tête, making you another suspect? Nobody knows!
(Well, OK, some do, a little. As they admit: We run a very rare form of Murder Mysteries commonly referred to as FAIR PLAY. Which means that the murderer was predestined before the night begins, just like an Agatha Christie novel. There is enough evidence to solve the crime, with a little luck and a nose for clues your team might be the Detectives of the Night!)
Tables of eight pack the room, so if you can fill each seat, all the better to laugh, cringe, and maybe even solve the tricky mystery in tandem with those you know. Because yes, you don’t just sit back, watch, and relax. Three courses are included in your ticket price, but there’s time to get up and ask others questions, take notes, and choose a murderer in the end. Audience plus actor participation is key.
But are the shows truly funny? I’ll let the talent answer that:
Note: Once you purchase your ticket(s), an email will be sent with more details, recommending what to wear (fancy, themed dress!) and where to go, specifically.
Improv dinners occur nation-wide, so if you like what you see, one may be occuring near you.
The Murder Mystery Co.