Din­ner, mys­tery and a show, oh my!

The Covington News - - EVENTS - Am­ber Pittman is the Elec­tronic Me­dia Edi­tor and can be reached at apittman@cov­news.com

Munck­ins, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga and a mur­der­ing cam­paign man­ager; that’s who I spent my week­end with re­cently, and if you’re smart, you’ll cough up the cash for a visit as well. De­spite my pre­con­ceived no­tions of how lame my evening was go­ing to be, din­ner the­ater is amaz­ing!

I went to a place in At­lanta called Agatha’s, which is mur­der mys­tery din­ner the­ater that re­quires au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion on vary­ing lev­els. I was du­bi­ous and ex­pected a bunch of old drunks or kids cel­e­brat­ing their 13th birthdays. There were both, but there were also fairly nor­mal peo­ple.

Right now the show is “Some­where Over the Rain­bow … Some­one DIES!” Un­less you’ve been liv­ing un­der a rock some­where your en­tire life, it’s ob­vi­ously a “Wizard of Oz” par­ody, and it’s ac­tu­ally pretty funny. I wor­ried about that, too, but I ac­tu­ally laughed (real laughs, not those fake ones you do when peo­ple are watch­ing and ex­pect you to laugh). It’s not straight from a script, and the ac­tors play off the au­di­ence, which is kind of nice. And it’s pretty hi­lar­i­ous as the night goes on and peo­ple keep drink­ing.

Speak­ing of drink­ing, the bar­tender was obvi- ously some sort of wizard and made a drink called the Halle Berry, which tasted like heaven. I orig­i­nally or­dered the Lady Gaga, but much like the real Lady Gaga, it was a lit­tle too odd for me to take in large amounts.

I have no clue how much the drinks were, but the cost of ad­mis­sion is $65, plus $5 for park­ing in the garage clos­est to the the­ater.

I to­tally get it — that’s pricey, es­pe­cially if you have a huge fam­ily, but it’s worth it. Look, I’ll ad­mit that I’m pretty cheap. I’m a sin­gle mom and I watch my money, so for me to say $65 is worth it is a pretty big deal. Now let me tell you why I’m OK with the cost.

First, you get the show, duh. But wait … You get an ap­pe­tizer buffet, which has some fun lit­tle nib­bles on it that seem to change as they run out.

Like, run out of cheese? They add deviled eggs, etc. Then soup, salad, main course (stuffed pork ten­der­loin was amaz­ing) with a glass of wine and then dessert and cof­fee. In be­tween cour­ses you are en­ter­tained by the ac­tors and one an­other.

As for the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, I was a munchkin (I was sad I didn’t get to be Aun­tie Eminem) and got to have my “Amer­i­can Idol” mo­ment when I sang about be­ing “off to find the killer.” I was amaz­ing, but there were about 12 other peo­ple singing, too, so no one got to re­ally hear how amaz­ing I was. Sad times.

De­spite not be­ing the cen­ter of at­ten­tion dur­ing my singing part (which I ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ated), it was an awe­some evening. My date and I sat across from Glenda’s par­ents ( real- life par­ents, not fake, for-the-show par­ents), and they were su­per en­ter­tain­ing, and su­per awe­some since they drove from coastal Alabama to see their daugh­ter per­form bril­liantly in At­lanta.

Agatha’s is at 161 Peachtree Cen­ter Ave. NE in At­lanta. Call 404584-2255 for more de­tails.

sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

“Some­where Over the Rain­bow ... Some­one dies!” is a mur­der mys­tery the­ater show now play­ing at Agathas. The play is based on the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

AM­BER PITTMAN COLUM­NIST

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