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“What a Waste of Money” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Black Fedora

The Black Fedora
164 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Ranked #67 of 195 Activities in Charleston
Type: Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Live theatre featuring clean comic whodunit shows, volunteer audience participation, a la carte appetizers, desserts, and drinks.
Jacksonville, Florida
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“What a Waste of Money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

They billed it as a "whodunnit" but the only thing the audience had to guess was who had a missing lottery ticket. The premise of the play was about getting your Christmas wish(es) which turned it into a cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas special (complete with, you guessed it, an angel). The dialogue/script was sophomoric and the "adult" humor sprinkled in just made it even more pathetic. If it weren't for the $24/each we paid for admission we would've left at intermission.

In one of the first scenes, a guy in a Santa suit comes in with a rifle pointed at the audience. We thought that was in poor taste just 7 days after the Newtown shooting. The play continues with 2 out of the 4 actors who did little more than read the lines they were given. A few of the audience members who were chosen as part of the audience participation portion were better than the professionals we paid to see. Thank goodness for them!

From what we could tell, most of the theatregoers were there as part of an office (or club) Christmas party. They squeezed a few of us Christmas party crashers at random tables and we were all packed in like sardines. Thankfully the office party people had been drinking a bit before the show started because the audience was more entertaining than the community theatre rejects that we paid to see.

I am a huge supporter of live theatre, have seen hundreds of plays and musicals of all genres both amateur and professional, and have performed as a singer and dancer for several years. But never have I wanted to walk out of a show before and not see it through to the end. They really need better scripts, better actors and cheaper ticket prices.

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Sherry W, Owner at The Black Fedora, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
I am so sorry this reviewer had a bad experience at our theatre. Our intention is for all our guests to have an evening of relaxation and laughter, and while our Christmas show is less of a "whodunit" than our other shows, we still wanted guests to have a little mystery to solve. And believe me, we parents of a kindergartener are stunned to hear that anyone took our good-hearted Santa character running out with a Red Ryder BB gun in another light than we intended it. We've only been open for a few months, and we are still figuring out how to deal with the huge crowds we've had lately. We've turned many people away, and obviously we should have turned more away that night. Our intention is for everyone to be comfortably seated in our banquets or around tables -- we are trying to avoid the knee-to-knee seating we've all experienced at popular comedy clubs or other entertainment venues. We hope other TripAdvisor reviewers will come see us, have a great time, and share their experience here. Thank you, TripAdvisor, for the opportunity to respond.
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Houma, Louisiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Black Fedora presents a mystery/comedy play that uses the audience as actors in the play. It is hilarious and lots of fun.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Augustine, FL
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“Not Quite What I Expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My wife and I attended a Tuesday night performance of "Sweet T. Christmas." After reading all of the great reviews, we decided that this was a must-do in Charleston. While we really did enjoy the show, especially the interactive part, we're not sure we felt that the amateur nature of the performance warranted the $24 price of admission. For the money we definitely expected a high quality performance, but this was not it (as far as the acting was concerned). I'm assuming that maybe they use the more experienced performers on weekends or something and perhaps that's why it wasn't what we expected. Having said that, it was still lots of fun and it was an enjoyable experience on a Tuesday evening; however, just make sure you know going in not to expect professional acting, and you'll have a great time!

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South Mills, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Totally funny!! Excellent fun!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My husband and I arrived on a last minute getaway from Northeastern NC. We didnt really have any plans except this show. We had a fantastic time!!!! Cool little place, silly actors, great location. Clever script and audience interaction (the part they gave my hubby was totally hysterical). This is not a dinner theater so eat before you go but..... The chocolate mousse cheesecake was AWESOME so save room for desert.
Good luck figuring out who the killer is... the cast does a great job disguising the answer.

Only suggestions: 1. If you buy your tickets before hand - call and make seating reservations. (it is a quaint, "cozy" (hint hint) location) 2. Take a sweater or cover if you are sensitive to the chill. The space's small stature allows the a/c to work very very well.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful Entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I have been to other mystery shows in the country and I have to say that this was the best show I have seen. It's a great value for wonderful entertainment. The staff and entertainers are amazing. It's the one place where you can actually go early and pick your seat. They are very interactive with the audience. They will make you laugh so hard you'll cry. Thanks for a fabulous evening. We will definitely be going back to see their additional shows.

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