Suspects Dinner Theater was founded by Paul Waterman, and has been producing fast-paced, audience participation, murder mysteries since 1989. So that means they’ve been doing this for – let me see, 3 take away 9 equals, oh forget it – it’s been a long friggin time. Suffice it to say, they’ve had a few years to work on their approach to providing a killer dining experience.
When making reservations you quickly realize your night out will include a bit of audience participation, since they request a list of attendees, and want to know if you are celebrating an event such as a birthday, anniversary, or your release from prison.
The location for the dinner is the famed Delta King located in Old Town Sacramento. The seating was spacious with large round tables along two sides forming an aisle to accommodate the actors during their performance. There were nine people seated at our table and everyone immediately started introducing themselves to each other. Each person was eying the other thinking, ‘Are they the killer, or are they going to wind up deader than a doornail.’
As we were just settling in to order one of several bottles of wine, our host for the evening Robert, pronounced (roe-bair), a vibrant and flamboyantly gay guy, comes storming onto the scene screaming into the microphone as he was testing the mic. This caused the already nervous attendees to look around as if someone had just been shot.
A number of guests were asked questions while Robert poked fun at them. He would joke around about their name, occupation, or who they were with. One gentleman named TJ set Robert off on a TJ Hooker rant.
As our second, or was it our third, bottle of wine arrived, Robert continued working the audience with a number of comical routines, keeping everyone in tears.
The night’s events really picked up as Talent Manager Bobby Banks was introduced. Banks immediately asked the audience for volunteers to participate in a talent contest. As Banks talked to each contestant he bantered with them about their jobs, and who they looked like.
The contestants who volunteered were Sid, Kelly, Hailey, Christine, and Nikah.
After the contest a man dressed as Santa Claus came in shooting, telling everyone not to worry he was only there to kill someone.
I was trying to remain incognito, but I was singled out by Santa and made to dance like a sexy tiger – I’d rather not relive that moment, thank you very much.
Thankfully someone shot Santa and shut him up – sorry kids.
It’s difficult to put into words just how hilarious the actors were as they worked the audience with questions, it had many people in tears from laughing so hard.
I found the food delicious and typical of what you would expect to find in a large setting.
This was a bloody good deal and definitely well worth the $40 per person. You get to sit down to a good meal, see someone get shot, and participate in unraveling the night’s events to discover the killer.
The stars of the show did a killer job!
Robert O’Brien – Host
Jason Patrick – Talent show host
Luis Martinez – the Hitman
Raymond Keller – PSY impersonator
Matt Wokas – Detective
Kristine David – Jilted contestant
Linda Nalbandian – Stage mother
Haven’t made plans for New Year’s?
Below are just a few of the New Year celebrations in the Sacramento area. On tap is everything from fireworks in Old Sacramento, to special prizes and giveaways at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
Please don’t drink and drive, it can be costly and dangerous. I’m including several taxi services, so plan ahead and have a safe New Years.
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Countdown to 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration
Starting Dec. 28 guests can win a share of $25,000, including a top prize of $10,000 each night. Then kick off the New Year with Tower of Power on Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m. Click the above link for more details.
New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
Two fireworks shows one at 9:00 p.m. and midnight. Includes a tribute to Taylor Swift , Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew and Big Bad Boogie Rock (‘70s and ‘80s cover band)
6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Hilton Hotel, Arden West
The Professionals Guide Present New Year’s Eve Blast
Two free drink tickets, complimentary casino gaming, party favors, 2 dance bands in two separate ballrooms, and more.
8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
New Years Eve At The Hyatt Regency Sacramento
8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Radisson Hotel & Convention Center
New Years Eve At The Radisson Sacramento
Hornblower Old Sacramento
Sacramento New Years Eve Gala On The Hornblower Yacht
2 separate cruises to choose from. The first boards at 6:15 and provides a front row seat for the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show at Old Sacramento. The second boards at 10:45 p.m. to take in the midnight fireworks show. Both offer hors d’oeuvres, champagne, DJ, party favors and pre-boarding photo.
6:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
Suspects New Years Eve Dinner Party
An interactive murder mystery dinner.
Social Nightclub, 1000 K Street, Sacramento
Social Nightclub Presents Old Hollywood New Year’s Eve
Roseville Taxi Service
Wild West Taxi
Yellow Cab (Sacramento and surrounding communities)
(916) 344 – 7777