Mystery Cafe Dinner Theatre Presents Night of the Laughing Dead!...We're Dying to Cast You
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The last date listed for Night of the Laughing Dead!. . . .We're Dying to Cast You was Saturday August 28, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Jennifer L.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought tickets to this show. I'd never been to a dinner show before, even though I had been interested in going to one for years. When the theme of the Mystery Cafe changed from the western that had been showing for awhile (The Good, The Bad, and the Udderly Ridiculous), I immediately jumped on the new horror-movie theme, bought my tickets, and called my friends to invite them to come.
The experience was fantastic. The show was a riot and all of my friends had a really good time. Most of my party and I were the first ones to arrive at the show and the actors and actresses were already dressed and completely in character. They immediately started interacting with us while we situated ourselves at the table. I believe this is how they selected who would get chosen to participate later in the night - by who responded the most and seemed to be the most upbeat and up to the challenge. Though I enjoyed and appreciated their interaction tremendously, sometimes it was a bit distracting as we were trying to eat the food we had been served or fill out the "resumes" they wanted us to fill out for the show. Overall I didn't mind this too much, it just seemed like we were being hurried sometimes.
It's clear the actors and actresses who do this show enjoy what they do and want to make sure the audience has a good time as well. Their characters were absolutely outrageous and they definitely kept the mood going the whole time. Sometimes the participants they chose were a little bit timid or clearly intoxicated, but they did a good job of keeping these people on track and keeping the mood going. There was never a time they faltered to change a potentially embarrassing or awkward situation into a funny one. One thing I definitely noticed and appreciated is that they made fun of themselves or other actors/actresses, but almost never did this to the audience members they had chosen to participate. It kept the mood lighthearted and unoffensive.
The food was about what you would expect from a mystery dinner theater. They started us off with minestrone soup, then passed around big salad bowls to each of the tables so we could serve ourselves family style. They also had dippable vegetables on the table (celery, carrots, and a pickled vegetable medley). They entrees were served about half way to two thirds of the way through the show. The actors and actresses that were performing in the show were our servers for the entrees, though there was a single waitress who walked around to each table taking drink orders for drinks that were not included with the meal (water, iced tea, and hot tea were available for free, alcoholic or any other beverage were extra and required a credit card for a tab).
Overall the show was extremely entertaining and my entire party had an excellent time. The actors and actresses kept hilariously well to their outrageous characters and did a good job getting everyone to laugh. As the night wore on, more and more participants got comfortable with the actors and made the show funny on their own. Because my party and I went opening night we probably won't be going again soon (as I imagine this show will be showing for at least a few months), but I would definitely recommend it to others and can see myself easily going to their next themed show, whenever it is released.
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On a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a five. The actors were wonderful, talented and people friendly. But the script writers should be fired. I spent more time wincing than laughing. And it went on too long; I was eager to get out of there. It's...continued
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The show was good, but the food was awful. We started with luke warm minestrone that definitely came from a can labeled "Campbells." Wire baskets of prepackaged bread sticks. The salad was canned black olives, tasteless beefsteak tomatoes, and...continued
Invitation to customers:
You are invited to become a movie star in the most historical (and hysterical) event in film history! The wildly popular and eccentric director, Zigfree Von Schtubble will team up with Madame Jetais, the beautiful but creepy choreographer, famous for creating The Peewee Herman Dance. (Don’t worry, her seizures will in no way harm the actors on this project — unlike her last film.) The two will assemble an all-star cast of wannabes, has beens, and almost-never-weres for a chilling and suspenseful tale of lust and betrayal, zombies and werewolves, and a few killer potatoes! Why is this such a groundbreaking film? It marks the first-ever Live Broadcast of a full-length horror film! Movie theaters worldwide, or at least in Oceanside and Chula Vista, will simultaneously broadcast Lenny Moskowitz’ Werewolves and Zombies and Potatoes, Oh My! Actors, singers, dancers, and crew members are all needed, so come to the exclusive audition in star-studded Hollywood! (well, Hollywood Video on El Cajon Boulevard, that is) Be ready to strut your stuff, or just laugh at everyone else who does!
Written by James Pascarella and Victoria Velasco and Directed by Victoria Velasco