The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, Charleston: Hours, Address, The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre
4.5
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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Live theatre featuring clean comic whodunit shows, volunteer audience participation, a la carte appetizers, homemade desserts, and drinks -- at the downtown City Market. “Uproarious entertainment” - Thrillist.com
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Wendy H
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Super laid-back and friendly fun from this intimate mom and pop theatre.

The acting was top notch and classically corny. (That’s a compliment.). And the owners even write their own material (and whip up a mean dessert.)

You can tell that they really love what they do, because at the value priced admission cost, it’s a labor of love. They also don’t do that typical two-drink minimum requirement or gouge you on what you do decide to order.

If you are shy, don’t worry, they won’t put you on the spot. However, it felt like even the most reticent audience participants were glad they were good sports and delivered a line or two.

Get there about 30 minutes early to check out their wall of detectives and perhaps see a few show specific clues on various signs. I think we spotted a few.

We ate dinner before we arrived. There are tons of restaurants in easy walking distance. We made the mistake of not saving room for dessert.

Have a great time.
Written January 26, 2022
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Thank you so much, Wendy! I can't tell you how much we appreciate the kind words. I hope we'll be seeing you again!
Written February 2, 2022
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deborahmG3532US
Gold Hill, NC134 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited The Black Fedora for my birthday, the interactive comedy was well written with lots of references to popular culture. The four actors worked well together and interacted often with the audience while ad-libbing throughout the script. We saw "Mack Black, Ghost Detective*, each of the actors embraced their role and truly became the character. The audience members who participated in the play were very well matched to the character they portrayed. Erin, the server was very good at keeping up with the number of guests, and the appetizers and desserts are very reasonably priced. The cheesecake with strawberry sauce was luscious and the Chocolate Volcano cake with vanilla ice cream was to die for, (I didn't even give my husband a taste.) We are looking forward to returning to see the other productions offered by the cast. If you are in the Charleston,SC area, don't miss out on a great time of fun and laughs at the Black Fedora.
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you so very much!!!
Written October 1, 2021
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Cori B
Baltimore, MD18 contributions
Jun 2021
We unknowingly booked this show not knowing it was right across the street from our hotel! We arrived about 15 minutes early and the place was about half full already. While you wait, you're able to order food and drinks and play a "guess the detective" game, which makes the time fly by. They ask for volunteers from the audience before the show to participate, but there's no pressure to raise your hand. The cast was engaging and hilarious, and the small bites and drinks were well-priced. We enjoyed the evening, and it seems most did! The show was fitting for all ages, some of the young ones even got to participate. We attended about a week into their reopening post-pandemic, masks were not required but seating is a little close so some still wore their masks (which was totally cool). Definitely recommend!
Written June 6, 2021
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Thank you for this awesome review! So glad you crossed the street to see us!
Written June 15, 2021
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traveler53719
Verona, WI166 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Our group of five enjoyed the interactive nature and intimacy of this setting. We had some wine during show for a reasonable price and did not feel pressure to buy anything. It’s super close to the market (market street) and is conveniently/centrally located. Getting 15-20 minutes early is adequate and they had our group assigned seats so no worry about staying together.
Written November 1, 2021
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Thank you so much!
Written November 5, 2021
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Eppi1954
Fort Smith, AR171 contributions
Oct 2021
Instead of retiring early to your hotel room, go to the theatre! It was hilarious, simple, and fun! They rely A LOT on audience participation. It's an intimate and comfortable setting. They have a very limited, but tasty and reasonably priced, appetizer and dessert menu. They also have a mini shop selling mystery games and such. Very fun and very worth it!
Written November 21, 2021
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Thank you very much! So glad you enjoyed it!
Written December 3, 2021
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alamom
muscle shoals,al35 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Our family attended show last week while on vacation. Due to inclement weather, we were delayed, and right at show time in arriving, however, the staff could not have been more helpful or courteous in getting us to our table.
We enjoyed the show, which was a lighthearted-slapstick-comedy-whodunnit with voluntary audience participation. Show is just short of two hours as there is a brief intermission about midway through the show.
The theater is very small, which wasn’t evident to us from the street view but we found this to be a plus. Being in close proximity to the characters, one has unobstructed view, and makes experience more fun and personable.
We were happy with our choice and I’d recommend this show for anyone in need of a few good laughs while visiting Charleston.
Written June 15, 2021
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Thank you so much! So glad you made it safely on a night of such crazy weather!
Written June 18, 2021
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Wayne A
South Amboy, NJ44 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife and I love interactive theater and Black Fedora was among the best things we did on our visit to Charleston. What started out as a very rainy day, that rained out some of our plans, was turned to a great day when we found this little theater in an online search. Ticket prices were very reasonable, as were the prices for snacks and drinks. They even had a delicious gluten-free dessert. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful, bringing my wife and her wheelchair in though a side door to avoid the 2 steps up from the main entrance. The show was a lot of fun and very amusing and well written, allowing for many of the audience to participate by taking parts. The audience scripts have clear instructions and encourage the volunteers to "get into" their roles (which we most certainly did) The only negative thing I can say is that we live so far away (N.J.) that we won't be able to go back for a while.
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you so much! We sure enjoyed you two! Hope you'll be down this way again someday!
Written September 12, 2021
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Candy301
Winston Salem, NC33 contributions
Jan 2022
We just returned from the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. I wanted to write a review while the evening was fresh in my mind. What fun!! We didn't know what to expect but the four actors and Crystal, our outstanding server, helped unravel any mystery about how the evening was going to unfold. Those who wanted to, volunteered to read parts of the script to participate in the telling of the Redneck Reunion murder mystery. No pressure if you didn't want to do that. And if you did, the instructions and queuing of your lines were well outlined. The actors were awesome. They didn't miss a beat in their lines to facilitate the entry of the volunteers. And there were some great accents and nuances coming from the audience to make the evening fun and engaging with lots of laughs. Thank you Darryl and Sherry for bringing this entertainment to Charleston.

The "Charleston" Lockwood's (wink, wink)
Written January 25, 2022
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Aw, thank you! We thoroughly enjoyed the smiling faces of the Charleston Lockwoods and hope we'll be seeing you again!
Written February 2, 2022
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Milinda_Georgia
Macon, GA121 contributions
Oct 2021
This was so much fun and family friendly !! The interaction with the audience was unexpected but hilarious !! The price for the show was very reasonable and there are a very limited amount of seats, so book early. They also offer wine, beer and appetizers if you're interested, for a reasonable price as well. It was a very unique show, written by the owner, I believe. They also had good entertainment before the show and during intermission.
Written October 18, 2021
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Thank you, Milinda! So glad you joined us!
Written October 20, 2021
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Steve D
Birmingham, AL35 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Black Fedora is equal parts comedy, mystery, and audience participation. We had so much fun, we’re going back tomorrow night.

The mystery is different, so we’ll get a surprise, a lot of laughs, and try out the chocolate lava cake.
Written October 17, 2021
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Thank you so much! Hope you enjoyed the lava cake!
Written October 20, 2021
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The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM