Professionals in the food and murder business since 1990.
November 2nd, 2011 marks the 21st anniversary for this small theater production company. Comical murder mystery dinner theater seemed like a passing fancy back then, however, we made our very own version of mystery dinner shows a landmark for Southland mystery lovers. It’s been a wild ride. Since the opening night back in 1990 the company has produced 11 original murder mystery plays, won numerous “Best of” awards from Orange Coast Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and even FoxLA, and has exposed hundreds of local actors to the art of audience friendly improvisation.
Our most valued assets are our performers. We spend a lot of time coaching the performers, and creating a positive audience experience. It’s mission critical in an interactive environment to make the audience feel safe and comfortable. That way the viewer/participant will become more engaged and ‘play’ with the performers. Once the audience is engaged the real fun begins. Actually, the fun begins the moment you step into the restaurant. The characters run the restaurant, and you, the audience, become part of the scene; as characters reminiscent of the romantic films of the past greet you at the front door, show you to your table, and even serve you dinner throughout the evening.
Here's a run down of the Gourmet Detective's history of original murder mystery plays, starting with our inaugural show, Murder at the Cafe Noir.
Murder at the Cafe Noir, 1990
Set in St. Vincent Island and the Caribbean’s finest club around… read more
Mumm's the Word, 1991
The story is set the day after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre inside the infamous... read more
Noir Suspicions, 1993
The Continuing adventures of Rick Archer, P.I. and the "Cafe Noir." Rick, now the... read more
A Case of Do or Die, 1995
Set in the post depression underworld, anybody and everybody is simply trying to make a buck... read more
Abra Cadaver, 1996
Magic, mystery and mayhem all conspire to make a plot with more twists than a snake on a hot plate... read more
Death Under Cover, 1998
This comical tale of allied espionage is set in Britain during the early days of... read more
Nancy Hardy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, 2000
The antithesis of Agatha Christie, with little proper stiff-upper-lipping the story... read more
Stay Tuned for Murder, 2002
It’s Hollywood, 1940, and radio is king. Tonight, join the in-studio... read more
Your Dinner or Your Life, 2005
Step into a world of intrigue, love, deceit and drama. Okay, how about... read more
Darling You Slay Me, 2008
Welcome to Broadway! It’s opening night and you’re invited to an exclusive... read more
Get Cartier, 2010
We’re in the French Riviera, 1962. Four former comrades-in-arms and their... read more