Mystery dinner theater

07/20/2014 12:00 AM

07/19/2014 8:04 PM

Care for a side of mystery with your dinner?

Theatre Rowe Productions is serving up a murder mystery this summer at its theaters in Columbia and Lexington. With “Murder at the Family Reunion,” you’ll be pointing fingers at suspicious relatives between bites.

“Murder at the Family Reunion,” which runs through July 22, features a dysfunctional family that only gathers together to appease rich Uncle Louie – and vies for a place in his last will and testament. But this year, instead of burying the hatchet to make peace, the members of the Hooper family are inclined to bury the hatchet in Louie’s back when he brings his new friend Daisy to the reunion.

Theatre owner Philip Rowe said his murder mystery plays are “intimate, casual and comfortable” shows.

But don’t expect to sit back and relax too much. These shows demand audience participation.

“Mainly your job as one of our guests is to figure out who the killer is,” Rowe said. “Sure, you may be asked to be the best man in a wedding, a trigger guy for the Mob or even a judge in a chili-eating contest, but the one thing you can expect with these shows are be prepared to laugh.”

“Murder at the Family Reunion” plays at the Columbia theater Sunday at 5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. The Columbia theater is in the Richland Mall in Forest Acres.

The play will show at the Lexington theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. and July 26 at 5 p.m. The Lexington theater is inside the Old Mill on Main Street.

Doors open an hour before showtime at both locations.

The dinner menu includes salad, chicken or tilapia, wild rice, sautéed vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert and tea or water.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $28 for students, military and seniors. Order tickets online at

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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