Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre: Getting HitchedSunday, February 15, 2015
Last month, I received an invitation from Alfred Hitchmock to attend an engagement party in honour of his daughter Kelly-Grace. The famous director of The Angry Birds was in attendance, along with his star actress turned assistant, yet what began as an evening of celebration soon turned into a night of... murder! Dun, dun, dun! Fortunately, this was all part of the latest Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre show produced by Lili and Brian Caws and no directors were harmed in the making of Getting Hitched.
The menu for the evening was compiled by Executive Chef Justine Voutt. My friend selected the Chef's Soup Creation, pictured above. I ordered an arugula salad with tomato, radicchio and feta cheese in a lovely fresh basil and red wine vinaigrette.
For the main course, my friend chose the Maple Dijon Chicken served with caramelized rice pilaf and green beans. When her dish was served, I almost regretted not ordering the same one, since I love chicken. But I always ordered chicken and wanted to try something different.
I ended trying the Provençale Beef Stew, even though I'm not a big fan of stew in general. What sealed the deal for me was that the tender beef and vegetables stewed in red wine and French herbs were served over garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! It was incredibly delicious but very filling. Mind you, I may have indulged in one or two dinner rolls as well.
Once we finished our main course, the fun began. The actors made their rounds throughout, interacting with guests and dropping clues here and there. This is always so much fun and I really admire how they can improvise so well. Then the real show began and we soon bore witness to a back-stabbing murder in a world where Bates Motel meets Mad Men. The cast included Brigitte Solem (Breakout Kings, Little Mosque on the Prairie), Allan Cooke (Murdoch Mysteries, Reign), Debbie Collins (A Chorus Line), Tom Melissis (Da Vinci's Inquest, Due South), Stephanie Folkins, and Paddy Forde.
|Tipsy a.k.a Brigitte Solem|
|Archie a.k.a. Allan Cooke|
|Norma Bates a.k.a. Debbie Collins|
|Kelly-Grace a.k.a. Stephanie Folkins|
On the whole, the show was good, not great, but entertaining enough. Of all the shows I've been to, Apprentice to Murder is still my favourite. But I have to say, they really exceeded my expectations with the party favours. Each guest received a sample of scrumptious white or milk chocolate bark, so much fancier than the roll of toilet paper we received at Once Upon a Murder. We ended up eating some after we polished off dessert. We had ordered Tiramisu, which was heavenly, and their Salted Chocolate Pot de Crème, a salted chocolate custard topped with caramel popcorn that was a little too sweet even for my taste.
Dinner and a show at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre costs $81-$87 per person and includes a three-course meal, coffee or tea, taxes and gratuity. Soft drink, alcohol and coat check are extra. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm but the show doesn't start until 8 pm so you could arrive at 7 pm and still have time to order dinner. The dinner theatre is located on 2026 Yonge Street in Toronto and there is metered street parking available as well as a parking lot beside 1941 Yonge St. (formerly the Liquor Store) with $6 flat-rate parking.
Apprentice to Murder (You're Fired!) - Spring 2012
The Fine Art of Murder - Fall 2012
Once Upon a Murder - Winter 2013
Uptwon Abbey - Summer 2013
Speakeasy - Spring 2014