Forget “Tina and Tony’s Wedding.” They may be divorced by now for all lovers of live, interactive theater know. It’s time for Murder Mystery Dinner Theater night at Cameron’s Restaurant and Pub.
The fictional Tony and Tina started a trend when they got married by involving live audiences in productions across the country beginning in 1988. Sometimes called environmental or immersive theater, such productions spill off the stage and into the audience in ways that make everyone a participant.
That is the idea for a new concept in Coastside dining and theater due to make a debut at Cameron’s at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $75 to $100 while tickets last and includes a three-course meal and the theater experience. There will be specially themed signature cocktails available for purchase to set just the right mood.
The idea for what is being called “Death of a Gangster” started with a trip to a Sonoma County Winery.
“I was at the Coppola Winery with my daughter and they said they were doing a murder mystery dinner and I thought, why don’t we bring this to Cameron’s,” said Agnes Sadeghi, who is helping to envision more special events at the long-standing Coastside eatery.
The event is produced by the Murder Mystery Co., which provides professional actors to move the story along. Diners are encouraged to come in costume; the theme is a 1920s-style mafia murder motif. As the story unfolds, diners might find the killer sitting at their table.
“Someone gets killed in the appetizer stage and through the night you try to solve the crime,” Sadeghi said.
Friday’s event could be the first of more to come. There are about 10 themes available and Sadeghi says the restaurant would like to host more mysteries.
“Absolutely,” she said. “It is our trial run so we can iron out the wrinkles.”
Cameron’s Restaurant and Pub will host a murder mystery night, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets start at $75 and include dinner and the production. Call 726-5705 for details.