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Mysteriously Yours serves up murder with dinner

Posted by Melody Brown / November 25, 2012

mysteriously yoursIt's no mystery why Mysteriously Yours...Mystery Dinner Theatre still flourishes after 25 years in production. Since 1987, producers Lili and Brian Caws have created and compiled over 50 original mysteries and their latest, "The Fine Art of Murder: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" exhibited skillful playwriting and masterful interactive acting.

mysteriously yours dinner theatre torontoThe scene: The Grand Estate of Count Victor Uber-Weiner and Countess Clotilde Hagen-Das (2026 Yonge St). The fateful night begins with a three-course dinner, including such delights as shrimp tapenade, beef ribs in Guinness gravy and, my personal favourite, chocolate brownies drenched in Bailey's Irish Cream chocolate ganache. As dessert is served, the characters begin to make their way into the dining room, introducing themselves to the diners and absorbing each table in light chit chat.

I was hesitant at first. Although I'm always willing to try something new, I was a little unnerved by the substantial amount of interaction between the six-member cast and the patrons. For those looking for a more intimate meal, or for a greater divide between entertainer and audience, this may not be the show for you. But once the plot began to develop, I fell into the story and felt connected to the characters on a level more personal than that found through traditional stage performance.

mysteriously yours dinner theatre torontoThe scripted show begins when the Count - who was absent at dessert - is found dead in his study. Luckily, the famous Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson are on the case. After establishing the where and the how of the murder, it's the audience who must determine the whodunit. With the help of clues subtly dropped throughout the show, audience members are asked for their guesses and are awarded prizes if they correctly name the murderer and the clues that led them to their guess. In case you'd like to see this performance, I won't go into too much detail about the storyline, but I will say it's equal parts clever and corny.

The stage, although present, is not used, and the dark, heavy curtains remains closed for the entire two-hour performance. Instead, the dining room of audience members serves as the set, impelling an abundance of entertaining audience interaction.

mysteriously yours dinner theatre torontoThe audience demographic is all over the map. From a large group of 20-somethings celebrating a birthday, to an even larger group of elderly women in red hats and purple dresses, the show seems to cater to almost anyone (especially as a WagJag deal no one could pass up). A fair warning: if you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or any other important milestone in your life, be prepared to show off your acting chops at some point during the performance.

mysteriously yours dinner theatre torontoMysteriously Yours... puts on four shows per year, each running for three months. Shows generally play Thursday through Saturday, with the occasional Wednesday thrown into the mix. Dinner is optional and on a Thursday or Friday night costs $66 (the price increases to $71 on Saturdays). Those interested in seeing the show without the meal can buy tickets for for $40 on Thursdays and Fridays and $45 on Saturdays.

Photos by Brian Morton

Discussion

5 Comments

Alexander / November 25, 2012 at 01:14 pm
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If this is an ad, it should be labeled as such. Nobody outside of a marketing type would ever use the term "hilarious antics" to describe anything.

I've been to this show, it's exactly what you'd expect. Mediocre food, "acting" by "actors" who otherwise are unemployable in theater and a "cheesy" level of 11/10. It's for people who like Medieval Times and the like.
Jeremy / November 25, 2012 at 05:09 pm
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I should first point out that I have nothing to do with this show, don't know anyone that's in it, and have never seen it.

I'm posting here for the sole reason of telling Alexander that he sounds like a massive dickhead.

I agree! replying to a comment from Jeremy / November 25, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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I TOTALLY AGREE with you Jeremy!
Sounds like Alex should take that dick out head and shove it in his ass
Jeff / November 25, 2012 at 08:31 pm
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Valid point, ads should be clearly indicated. There should be some sort of indicator when blog writers are received comped tickets/etc
Mike / November 26, 2012 at 09:33 am
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I have actually been to the show as well, and Alex is right on the money.

The food is mediocre at best, and "skillful playwriting and masterful acting"?

This show is one step above a high school drama class. Maybe a half step.

I actually had fun when I went, but this review is definitely over the top.

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