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Dinner Detectives

By on January 24, 2012
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You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to enjoy the fun of Marriage Can Be Murder—the longest-running interactive dinner show in Las Vegas—but it does help to be observant. You never know if that handsome young man you just asked to pass the salt is in fact…a murderer!

The Crime Scene
Marriage Can Be Murder is fully interactive before you enter the showroom. From the chatty maitre d’ at the door to the ditzy blonde hostess (“In high school I took my STDs,” she says at one point. “I tested off the charts.”), you’ll come into contact with a number of characters who guide you through the evening. Seated at long, communal tables, you’ll also have the chance to get to know the other dinner guests, some of whom are not who they claim to be. Some guests are even invited to be part of the show, including recruiting a person in the medical field to confirm murder victims, and picking out pallbearers to remove the evening’s deceased.

The Law & Order
The Law shows up in time for the first murder, in the form of an off-duty police officer—who happens to be wearing shorts for his “other” job—who takes on the duties of questioning suspects, encouraging guests to report suspicious behavior from their fellow diners. Some of the funniest moments of the evening come from trying to decipher who is acting, and who just has a really big, colorful personality.
As for Order? In addition to a salad served at the beginning of the meal and cheesecake for dessert, you can choose “Dead Meat”—beef with mushroom sauce; “Sleeping with the Fishes”—salmon; or “Fowl Play”—lemon chicken picatta—for your entrée. All three are served with roasted red potatoes and a side of vegetables. Vegetarian options are available as well. A VIP ticket also includes your choice of wine, beer or a well drink.

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The Motive
Between courses, guests are invited to mingle and question their fellow attendees about their actions that night. The most popular question: “What would make you angry enough to kill someone?” Find the answer to that, and you just might catch your murderer.

The Evidence
Each guest is given a sleuth pad at his or her seat to write down clues and to keep track of victims and potential suspects. Additionally, those with smartphones or tablet devices can log on during the show to get clues and share evidence on Marriage Can Be Murder’s Facebook page. All this leads to the shocking conclusion where “whodunit” is revealed. If you solve the crime, you can win a prize.

The Verdict
Give yourself a pat on the back if you crack the case, and if you don’t, all you’re guilty of is having a great time!

Marriage Can Be Murder | Nightly, 6:30 p.m. | $60.45, $76.95 VIP; discount for locals with ID | Fitzgeralds | 702-388-2111

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