Note: Now playing inside the D Las Vegas
Marriage Can Be Murder II is a murder/mystery interactive dinner theatre presentation at the
Egg and I on West Sahara
Ave. It is a surprisingly good evening of entertainment. The food is decent, the atmosphere is
fun, and the show is
intriguing enough to keep the evening moving along at a good pace.
I would like to preempt my review of the evening with a bit of background and perspective on my
toward interactive, murder/mystery dinner theatre. I have seen a number of these types of
productions, (or should I
say that I have been subjected to them,) and I have hated them all. When I got this assignment,
it was the last thing
that I wanted to do. I felt like a rat in a trap, willing to chew my leg off in order to
escape. I tried to finesse my
way out of the assignment. I suggested that maybe no review would be better than a bad review.
I couldn’t get a baby
sitter, so I had to bring my daughter--but, no problem. I needed to make my party three instead
of two at the last
minute--again, no problem. At every turn, the Marr iage Can Be Murder II company were very
accommodating. Solemnly, I
faced the fact that I would have to go and see this production.
I expected to hate this production. I wanted to hate this production, but I couldn’t. Everyone
was so nice and so
accommodating, that I was put at ease and put in a good mood. My daughter and I were made to
feel special...as was
everyone in the room. The cast and crew took special care to make my daughter feel special--and
when my daughter is
happy, I am happy.
Usually, the word "interactive" near the word "theatre," generally means that humiliation will
be involved for the
audience members. Thankfully, this was not the case in this production. Again, it was the
atmosphere of caring and
respect that allowed people to freely interact without the worry of humiliation. Everyone
seemed to have a good time,
and people did have the option of not participating.
The Egg and I restaurant is a small venue, away from the strip. It is a nice place to get away
from the hustle and
bustle of the typical Las Vegas experience. The food was actually pretty good, (again, I was
Dinner theatre usually means both mediocre dinner and mediocre theatre.) There was a choice of
entrees, a nice salad,
and apple pie for dessert.
The evening was very well coordinated between the entertainment and the food service. The hosts
for the evening were
"Deedee," a ditsy, but extremely quick witted blond; and "Lt. Post," the investigating cop. The
two of them played off
each of each other very well, and certainly kept the audience entertained as they
"interrogated" all of the suspects.
They were delightful.
The sound technician was amazing. Added sound bytes augmented a lot of the segments which
continually entertained us.
The actors use microphones, and so the voices are clear and easily heard. There are a couple of
gunshots that are apt
to scare children, but beyond that, it was good clean fun.
Finally, is the presentation of the mystery itself. Usually, the mysteries are either
simplistically obvious, or
completely impossible to solve. The mystery presented here is interesting enough; it is tough,
but it is not
I was very pleasantly surprised with the evening. I was made to feel comfortable, and I was
able to have a good time.
The mood and the atmosphere put the audience at ease, and everyone seemed to spend most of the
time laughing and
smiling. Both the food and the entertainment were very pleasing. It is not a big elaborate
production. It is a small
venue, and a distinctly different type of entertainment then what one would typically expect to
get with Las Vegas
production. It is a nice alternative, and a good evening of entertainment.