Who What Where When How Why
Who: Since 1995, the Houston franchise of America's Original Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Mystery Cafe, has entertained and kept audiences guessing with their special version of the Whodunit - wacky characters committing comic mayhem on each other, all involved in a plot with more twists and turns than a Picasso painting.
What (or, What exactly is Comedy Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre?): Each Mystery Cafe show is four acts in length, following the traditional structure of the mystery: introduce the zany characters, kill at least one of them, and then figure out who did it.
During each of the three breaks between acts, a different course of the meal is served and the characters mingle with the audience, trying to make sense of the mini-puzzles included in the clue packets. Vital information may also be obtained from the characters by employing the bribe money provided, but be careful - some of these people aren't too trustworthy.
During the breaks, time is also taken to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, and more than once... wedding proposals!
At the end of the evening, each audience member details on their solution sheet who they think Did It and Why... and the person with the most correct answer is named the Super Sleuth of the evening and awarded a prize!
Seating for Mystery Cafe
is banquet style*, meaning that there is no stage
for you to uncomfortably crane your neck toward - the action happens
all around you. Or as one actor said, "The show is like an amoeba,
surrounding, engulfing, and eventually devouring you." Don't worry,
we've made sure he's taking his medication now.
Our dress code is described as "dressy casual". Though full formal wear has been in attendance at our performances, you'll feel equally at ease in jeans or slacks with a nice shirt or blouse. No shoes, no shirt, no slaughter.
When: Regularly scheduled shows are performed every Saturday night at 8:00PM, with seating beginning at 7:30. We recommend that you arrive no later than 7:45. (please note: no clues will be dropped earlier than 7:30pm, when we begin seating. Arriving at 6:30 will not help you get a head start on your fellow patrons) (Really. We mean it. We don't open our doors until 7:30pm) (Really. Honest!).
Private and Corporate performances are available... e-mail us, or call us at the Mystery Cafe Murder Hotline at (713) 944-CLUE for more information.
Please note that we have several shows performing with open-ended runs. Call your favorite number, (713) 944-CLUE for which shows are playing on specific dates.
How: To make a reservation, simply call the Mystery Cafe Murder Hotline at (713) 944-CLUE or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your show date, number of guests and a phone number where we can reach you. Reservations in advance are required. We suggest making your reservations at least a week in advance; we can, however, take reservations up until noon two days before the performance, as long as we're not sold out.
Reservations must be secured with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express which will be authorized to guarantee payment. (please do not e-mail us your credit card number).
It is permissible to pay with cash, check or a different credit card at the door. Click here for our ticket cancellation policy.
Why: In our years of performance, Mystery Cafe has entertained literally thousands of Houstonians who were seeking novel ways of celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, prom nights, Mother's, Father's and Grandparent's Days, or just seeking a good time. We've also hosted many local companies and organizations, including: