I've read reviews that called the show 'cheesy' but my group had a great time. We've done other dinner shows and none are Broadway quality so if that is what you are looking for forget this place. If you like to laugh and have an enjoyable time with friends then I recommend Sleuths.
I went 10/3/12 with five others. We were the two day early arrivals for a mini high school reunion. We arrived about 6:20 which seemed a good time to arrive, not a lot of people there, but we weren't the only ones there either.
We were met by one of the actors in a floor length gown with a distinct Jersey accent. We checked in then went to the bar. Drink before the show was $6 for an okay wine but the guy beside me ordered a Margarita which came in a pint glass and was only $7. I might ask a little more about prices if I went again. I have to say everyone was friendly and fun except for the male bartender. He first ignored us, then waited on only two, finally saying, 'are you together?' after the rest of us had waited. By now it is 6:40 but the place wasn't busy.
In the bar area, prior to entering the dining room, there was a table with pineapple, watermelon, a couple of kinds of cheese cubes and tortillas spread with some sort of cheese spread and rolled, then cut into pinwheels. Only downside to this was, as mentioned here before, there were only cocktail napkins to hold your goodies. I dared not get the fruit and decided on just the cheese. It was actually pretty good and went well with the red wine.
Two of our group were coming directly from the airport so we waited till the last minute to enter the theater. Our table was previously assigned so it didn't matter when we went in. We were at the side of the stage but the venue is small so you had a good view. We were all hungry and really enjoyed the cheese spread, crackers and salad which were already on the table.
Our drink server came around about then, explained which wines and beers they had (Cabernet, White, White Zen and, I think, Bud Light, no one at the table drank beer so not sure). Wine was brought in half carafes and you could have all you wanted, beer was in pitchers. I had the white because, let's face it, its jug wine and the red can be a little sharp. My table mates tried the Red and the Zen and seemed happy with it.
The play went on while we waited for our food. Because there was entertainment I wasn't aware of how long the food took. Really didn't matter because the food we had already consumed meant our stognawingssn't knawing on our backbone as my mother used to say.
When there was a lull in the action our food was served. I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone of us, except one, had the Cornish Game Hen. It was half a hen, nicely browned and juicy, served over stuffing with half of a baked sweet potato and green beans. One had the Meatball Lasagna and he liked it. Not sure what came with it as I was across the table. Others raved about the dinner rolls but I forgot to try them. I know they disappeared from the table so I think the others liked them. :)
Once we were all served it was back to the play, then questions from the audience and finally the killer was revealed. Our play was the 'Wedding' one with lots of Jersey and mafia-type characters. The actress who played Kimmie was outstanding! So much energy! She must sleep all the next day after a performance!
We were served our dessert and coffee right before the unveiling of the villian. We all had Key Lime Pie and it was good. Not great but certainly tasty.
All in all we had a great time and I would recommend it for the type of evening I have described. If you want a fancy dinner and a very involved play then you should probably go elsewhere.
We bought our tickets from Billy Boy's and picked them up from their store on Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. You get the tickets and then make your own reservations. Before we picked up and paid for our tickets I called the theater to make sure there were reservations available and this was a reputable ticket outlet. Our price, including tax, was $45.74 per person. Tickets thru the theater are $55.95 plus tax. There is a $6 off coupon on their website but BB's is still a better deal.