Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show – Review!

The Reunion is one of 13 different comedy mysteries!

The Reunion is one of 13 different comedy mysteries!

Sleuths Dinner Mystery Show is one of six Orlando Dinner Shows we offer here at The Official Ticket Center at a discounted price.  Sleuths features thirteen different comedy mysteries, where guests mingle with outrageous characters, watch for anything suspicious, interrogate the suspects, and solve the crime!  This past Thursday night, I helped solve the crime at The Reunion!

Sleuths does require a reservation (which we can take care of for you), and now that we’re getting into summer season, you’ll certainly want to book in advance.  They prompt you for your menu selections upon making the reservation, so make sure you know what you want.  You’ll have your choice between Honey Glazed Cornish Hen, Cheese Lasagna with or without meatballs, and Prime Rib, cooked medium, for an additional $3 to be paid upon arrival.  The general admission price includes the entire three-course meal.

The show was scheduled for 7:00 pm, so we arrived right around 6:00 pm and checked in promptly.  We were directed to the cash bar, where we could nibble on popcorn and purchase drinks before the show.  Within 10 minutes, we were treated to complimentary hor d’ oeuvres, which included a fruit and cheese platter, and small wraps.  We ordered the Sherlock Tonic, a fruity frozen concoction.  The specialty drink prices were fairly high ($16 each for the Tonic!) but you do get to keep the glass and they offer refills for about $3. 

Enjoy appetizers and a drink at the bar before the show!

Enjoy appetizers and a drink at the bar before the show!

Promptly at 6:50 pm, we were escorted to the theater next door (recently added on, I believe), and we were directed to our table by one of the actors from the show.  They were already in character, greeting and interacting with the guests and with each other.  We sat with 3 other very nice and chatty couples, and enjoyed crackers and cheese spreads, fresh baked rolls and butter, and garden salads.  Immediately, our server offered us beer, wine, or Pepsi products (unlimited throughout the show and dinner), and I believe cocktails are served at an additional fee.  We decided on the White Zinfandel, and our server brought us a whole carafe.  The moment the carafe was empty, she’d bring us a new one.  Make sure you’ve designated a sober driver, because it was very easy to just keep drinking and drinking…

The show started a little after 7:00 pm – we were introduced to the characters and the basic plot of the show.  There was quite a bit of audience interaction and improv work being done by the extremely talented and funny actors, who even pulled some guests out of the audience to interact with them on stage.  After about 30 minutes or so of performance, the death finally occured.  At this point, there was a short intermission, while we were served our dinner selections and were told to brainstorm some questions for the interrogation portion of the show.  We assigned a speaker for our table and jotted down a few pertinent questions, while we enjoyed our meal.

The Sherlock Theater, where The Reunion performance was held.  Notice the intimate setting.

The Sherlock Theater, where The Reunion performance was held. Notice the intimate setting.

The food was delicious and plentiful!  I was kind of wary – usually, mass production of food like this is not very good.  I remember my prom was catered by Outback (which I am a huge fan of), but the steak was tough and cold and the desserts and salads were warm and wilted.  But, Sleuths is a fairly small and intimate setting, and the food was superb!  I had the Cheese Lasagna, served with three large meatballs, green beans, and garlic toast.  My date ordered the Cornish Hen, served with mixed vegetables and a sweet potato.  There was a Cinnamon Butter Spread for the sweet potato and it was delicious!  For dessert we were offered our choice of three: chocolate cake with choclate frosting, key lime pie, or strawberry shortcake.  By the time dessert came out, I didn’t think I’d be able to swallow even one more bite (there was almost too much food, to be honest), but since we had paid for it, I persevered.  We tried the key lime pie and shortcake, both were equally wonderful. 

A detective came out on stage along with the rest of the cast, and each table was prompted to ask their questions.  If we weren’t on the right track or we were venturing too far in the wrong direction, the cast would conveniently steer us into the right direction.  Once again, impressive improv skills were utilized here, as they answered our randomly selected questions with ease and credibility.  After the interrogations, the detective brings it all together, and we vote on who we think ‘dun it’!  Then, the murderer is revealed and everyone who voted correctly pulls from a hat to win a prize!  (Don’t get too excited – it was a Sleuths magnifying glass… haha.)

With the help of a detective, guests help figure out 'who dun it!'

With the help of a detective, guests help figure out 'who dun it!'

After the show, guests can approach the actors and snap photos with them.  There is a photographer who takes photos of everyone in your party upon first enterting, though the photo package is a whopping $20 (for the photo and two key chains), given that they’ve already printed the photo and everything!  I wonder if they toss them when you don’t buy them…

The show featured fairly mature humor – I wouldn’t normally recommend it for families with small children, though there were a few in the audience who seemed to be enjoying themselves.  I would recommen Sleuths for adult-only family groups and couples who enjoy a good laugh and a  good mystery, with truly good quality food selections.  The only thing not included in the price is gratuity – we were encouraged to leave the usual 10-15% tip, and you really should!  The service was excellent – did I mention the never ending supply of wine and beer??  🙂

Insider Tip:  If you and your party did have a bit too much to drink, Ripley’s Believe It or Not (discounted) and Pirates Cove Mini Golf are within walking distance, and both are open late. So, take some time to sober up before getting back in your car. 

Check out Ripley's Believe It or Not next door - open 'til midnight!

Check out Ripley's Believe It or Not next door - open 'til midnight!

 

For more information about Orlando Dinner Shows, or to purchase Discount Sleuths Tickets, please visit our website or Kissimmee Location, The Official Ticket Center.  You may also call us toll-free at 1-877-406-4836.

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