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“A different kind of fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mystery Dinner Playhouse - Arlington

Mystery Dinner Playhouse - Arlington
1900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sheraton Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, VA 22202
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Ranked #30 of 34 attractions in Arlington
Type: Dinner Theaters
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Owner description: Audience member solve a comedy murder mystery while enjoying a four course dinner. The dinner is served by a zany cast of suspects who all the while are providing clues to help solve the evening's crime. You guess whodunit!
Crofton, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A different kind of fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

I thought this sounded different and fun so I made sure to check reviews and thought it was a good choice.

I was cautiously optimistic based on some of the reviews, but we did have a good time and laughed quite a bit. It was fun and different - just as I thought it might be. The food was not 5-star restaurant quality but was better than Applebees.
The soup and salad were good, the salmon was a little salty for me but good, the rice and veggies were tasty and the cheesecake was your standard (its hard to mess up cheesecake). Let's just say I didn't leave hungry! As for the show it wasn't clear if the clues you're receiving are to help you weed out "who done it" or to help you figure it out, or if its referring to a different person each time or not...which made it a little confusing. The actors were pretty good - no Broadway material, but you have to keep the venue in mind. They were mostly funny, and improvised well when needed. The old ladies at our table made it very difficult to hear every once in a while so we missed of the "important" info. At the end I thought the plot was kinda cheesy, but whatever...isn't that the point?!

If you're looking for a different and fun evening out with a significant other or some friends I would recommend this. Remember to park on the street and walk over - the garage was closed for us, but I've heard others say it was expensive.

Visited November 2011
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Reston, Virginia
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“Fun way to spend a Friday night!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

As the last minute we decided to try out the mystery dinner and are we glad we did attend! While the setting seemed a bit odd using a closed restuarant, it actually ended up being and ideal setting due to the scene changes. We were sat at rounds of 8 with other couples which was part of the entertainment to me! Always fun getting to know other couples. The event began just after we sat down and the best part is the servers are the actors and the whole play revolves around dinner and the environment. Just a really, really clever way of using the audience! The food and wine were actually quite good. I had assumed it would be bad food, but my salmon was really good and my husband's chicked was as well. Over all it really was a fun way to spend a Friday night!

Visited August 2011
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Laughed my -- off. Best fun ever!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

My girlfriends and I go out every 3-4 months just to get away from our daily responsibilities and to have a good time. We are an ethnically diverse group of single, divorced, and married ladies ranging in age from 25-75. On September 10, 2011 we chose the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Arlington, VA as our venue. There were 17 of us total and we all had the best time ever. The actors/waitors were very accomodating and friendly. The service was good. The food was delicious and the show was hilarious. We couldn’t stop laughing. All the characters were portrayed well, but we especially liked ”Pupi Pastorini”. The key to having a good time at this venue is your willingness to participate and be silly. The actors play off of the audience members so you have to be open and willing to make fun of yourself, otherwise you won't enjoy yourself. This is not a broadway production; there are no props and you are required to use your imagination, but if you are looking for a good laugh then Murder Mystery Dinner Playhouse is definitely the place for you.

Visited September 2011
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Bowie, Maryland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Had a Great Time - Keep an Open Mind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

For the most part I think you have to just keep an open mind. I purchased 10 tickets through Groupon last year and used them for my birthday. I made sure I had the right type of people with me, those who were open for anything. Because of our interactivity we had a great time. Be warned that there is no formal stage and people are not performing in front of you in a typical setup. There is a small seating area with 10-15 tables and the actors are also the waiters. They perform their "scenes" right amongst the tables. The clues are not easy, but you do have to talk to the actors, use the fake "bribe" money they give you and just have fun time of it. I figured out the killer as did about 10 other people in the room. It is what you make of it. As far as the food, it was fine. Warm rolls with butter, selection of 4-5 entrees (the NY Strip was one but could only be ordered medium). Two types of fish, vegetarian or a chicken marsala. It was all pretty decent. Loved the staff and would go again, but only with a fun group of people. Having said all that, I did pay 1/2 price on Groupon. For the regular price of close to $50 I would have been looking for a more seasoned or practiced, traditional experience. I have only been to Toby's dinner theater in Columbia..if you are expectiving that type of broadway show experience you will be sorely disappointed. Soft drinks are included but you have to go to the bar for alcoholic beverages (right outside of the dinner theater area).

Visited July 2011
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McLean, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

We attended the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Arlington to "Fashion to Die For". The staff was very warm and friendly, the food was ok, but the play was extremely bad.
Not only were some of the lines hard to understand, a couple of the actors where clueless. It was not a "mystery dinner", it was like going to a restaurant and having servers periodically entertain you. It was a bad adventure. Do not waste your time and money. Go to Blair Mansion in Silver Spring.

Visited June 2011
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