Dinner, mystery and a show, oh my!
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.
“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.