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Comment Archives: Locations: Culture & Entertainment: Theaters (live)

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

This was the worst performance and dinner I have ever experienced. I planned this dinner for an anniversary gift for my wife. The hype on the website explains a nice “candle-lit dinner” and gift of $15 value.

First our arrival. This “dinner theater” is in the rear corner of the Great Wall of China restaurant, near the bathroom and kitchen door. The theater room consists of four small tables, where they seat three couples per table. The stage is nothing more than a tarp with a picture of a moon and castle on it. The show started 45 minutes late.

During the entire performance, workers from the restaurant were exiting the kitchen, and patrons from the restaurant were walking through to use the bathrooms. You see and smell the chinese food and think, “Oh, maybe the food will be good.” Don’t be fooled, you are going to get a budget salad, mediocre at best. The food is a cheap spaghetti noodle dish with white alfredo sauce on it, three steamed baby carrots, three steamed broccoli, and some type of chicken alfredo roll? My thoughts were, “I will probable spend the rest of the night with diarrhea.” To top it off, desert was a small serving of plain cheesecake, nothing more, which had probably been in the back kitchen for over a week.

The talent of a high school play is probably slightly greater than the performance at this theater. The actor who was killed in the play also played the role of the police officer who investigated his murder. The actors chuckled and commented, “What do you expect, this is a low-budget play.” Don’t get me wrong, I did chuckle a few times, but it was largely because I count not believe these people, this experience, was for real, it was really that getto. It was like watching the viral video on YouTube of the “I like turtles” kid, you just can’t believe what just happened.

Our anniversary gift was a dollar-store toy, a plastic ball and chain, gifted for me. How much more romantic can you get, right?

At the end, one actor pulled out a vote ballot from his coat. The ballots appeared to have been in the street for a week, run over and spit on. I was honestly afraid to touch them without having Lysol wipes for my hands afterward. They also give you a tip envelope stapled to a paper advertising 18 and 20 % gratuities. For our two tickets, they wanted $20 on top of the $90 dollars we paid for the show in the first place. On top of it, I had to pay the Great Wall of China restaurant for our two drinks, which also requested a gratuity.

People, if you go to this show, the only thing of actual value you will get is the story you will tell to your great grandchildren about how you and your significant other paid hundreds of dollars to see the worst show of your life in Tucson, Arizona. If that is what you’re looking for, you’ve found it!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Smith on 01/31/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

ZERO STARS!

I got 4 tickets to the Mystery Theater as a gift for my mother. This cost about $200 so I expected quite a lot. When calling into the theater to initially purchase the tickets the man who answered the phone was completely unprofessional and rude. He explained how the evening would go, how wonderful the food would be, how interactive and engaging the how would be etc. but was condescending and impatient with me. He made me feel as if I was wasting his time, but I assumed he was busy, so I went through with the transaction…

When my mother tried to schedule a time to go to the show she was treated very poorly. She called in and booked a Saturday night, but immediately remembered that she had a prior commitment, so called them back within MINUTES. The man almost REFUSED to let her change days! She wanted to change to the Friday and he said she could not and that it was too late to do so! She had literally just spoken to him. He finally agreed to allow her to change days but made her feel bad about it. I was in the room and immediately became really worried about how her evening would play out…

When I next saw my mother I asked how the evening went- she just groaned! Horrible food (NOT what was promised when I made the ticket purchase). NO interaction from the people on stage with the audience (I was told that the staff would drop of clues at the table while the dinner was being served and that the entire evening would be highly interactive). The show was tacky, boring and not funny. My mother said at the end they simply gave the audience a piece of paper and said, “Read this and write your answers down and don’t forget to give us a tip.” Wow! All 3 of her friends were completely appalled by the show and staff.

I am so disappointed that I wasted so much money on this gift and even more disappointed that my mother and her friends had an awful time. PLEASE DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS BUSINESS! Spend your money at the Gaslight Theater instead- friendly staff and a great show, every time!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by NRC on 03/18/2013 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

I had high hopes, based on advertising, but you should become Leary about the quality of the food and venue when they will not mention it anywhere on their advertisement. As soon as a purchased the tickets and they provided information on how to get there, only then did they say it was at the el parador. The food there is absolutely atrocious and the food at the theater was worse, which I didn't think was possible. If you advertise candle lit 3 course meal, I should not be looking forward to a budget banquet frozen TV dinner or taco bell for some type of improvement after the show. The acting was funny, but by no means is the show worth the horrible food (which the actors elude to also). Could not have been more disappointed.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by jjharper0713 on 03/09/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

Rating: Zero stars

I saw it New Years at the Viscount Hotel. The acting was funny, especially the Gypsy and the girl as the police officer. Otherwise, it felt disorganized, disorderly, unprofressional and was definitely overpriced. The sound equipment was so old and dangerous looking and shut down throughout the whole of act 1, which caused a lot of jokes to be missed, as the actors occasionally go through the crowd with mikes and interacted with us. A lady fell on the stage, and the whole backdrop feel over. The show started late, and the promise of all these after show activities never occurred, such as karaoke and magic. All in all, an ok night, but definitely not worth the price or time.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Refund please on 01/11/2013 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

What I liked about the dining and theatrical experience most was the humor. It's a great location and the food was good. No suggestions for improvements as it was all excellent! (Super Sleuth Award prize winner:)

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Linda L on 01/08/2012 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

i dont know how the actual experience is because we never actually went there, but we had tried to plan an event with a group of friends and had called to set it up for this weekend. once we found out that several of our friends would not be available we called back to cancel our reservations, within 2 hours of setting them mind you, and were told that we would be charged anyway. the person who we talked to was rude and insisted that all reservations are a final sale. that there are no refunds or cancelling allowed. i dont know what i would be refunded for, i havent received anything yet, but they think they are allowed to charge me over $400 because we need to cancel a reservation.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by nick on 01/04/2012 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Arizona Theatre Company

And why not also an anglo playwriting award? And perhaps one for blacks, too? Just sayin'

Posted by Earl Wettstein on 12/22/2011 at 4:22 AM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

It was a lot of FUN. Please keep up the good work. The location is pretty good. We would recomend it.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Vivian on 12/16/2011 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

I enjoyed the entire experience. Everyone did an excellent job. Only suggestion would be to have more private tables and a little more elbow room. It's a beautiful location and very central.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by NRivera on 12/13/2011 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

You get the impression that all the "5 Star" reviews are written by the same person? The owner perhaps. In fairness, it seems like a single dissatisfied customer wrote several "1 Star" reviews too.
I and a group of friends went to this a year or so ago. The show was in a room at a restaurant that you would rent for a private party. The food was from the restaurant's kitchen and was ok (not my favorite mexican restaurant). The show was definitely campy and cheesy. But that what is is supposed to be; funny and silly. It's not Shakespeare for God's sake.
I thought the show was pricey and the food only so-so. I would still recommend it. just go into it with your eyes open.
And calling this show "pornographic"....PUHLEEZE! It has one character that is a guy in a dress playing a woman. If that is obscene, someone better dig up Milton Berle and arrest him! And Flip Wilson too!

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by kyle on 11/14/2011 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

This was horrible! I cannot believe I paid $39.00 for this! I wanted my money back. Very, very bad. If you want to see a show go to the gaslight theater! This is a low budget performance!

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dismayed on 11/07/2011 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

What a joke! Everyone at our table was staring at each other in disbelief, thinking it had to get better, but it didn't. The writing was horrible, the actors lacked talent, the costumes looked ancient and frayed. The only joy was in laughing at how bad it stunk. Don't waste your money, seriously.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael on 10/27/2011 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

This was a HILARIOUS show! Glad I saw it! I read some reviews beforehand and I was especially worried about the price. Turns out whoever wrote it was mistaken. For the price of the ticket, it was a great deal. The food was good and the show was "its-so-funny-I'm-crying" funny. There was also a lot of audience participation, which was very organic and fun to do. I'll admit that the show was a bit goofy, but that was the charm of it. The actors were perfect and seemed to enjoy performing it. If you want a serious production, this might not be for you. However, if you want to laugh at gags and have a fun time, this is the show for you!

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by kissiepie on 09/29/2011 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

First of all it shouldn't be called a theater, you were placed in a large room with a small stage. The tables were round so you almost broke your neck turning to watch the uber cheesey show. There was extremely blinding light that was in your face while you ate. The dinner was unsatisfactory, portions were small and had no flavor. The overall experience felt very cheap which is unacceptable at the price they charge. Find something else to do in town.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by unsatisfied on 08/07/2011 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Arid Rose Theater

The Phone number has been changed back to 520-982-6812....'Agnes of God' has been changed to Sept 1-25, to better schedule the holiday shows for later this season.

Posted by Sean Zackson on 08/01/2011 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Red Barn Theater

Great singers, Funny, Lots of energy, this would be a great date, or something to see with your girlfriends. FUN!

Posted by Maria on 07/09/2011 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

Food was great, but most of all the show was entertaining & kept me laughing the whole time! GREAT ACTING! GREAT SHOW!

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by ladybug2024 on 05/14/2011 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

Not even worth reviewing! I was also there on Valentine weekend and ended up going to eat at another business after. Show was tacky however I will say I enjoyed Trixy. The food was less than inedible, they offered two drinks you can't get more of anything even if you ask. They serve frozen cheesecake factory cheesecake (the only okay part of the night). FOR SURE NOT WORTH THE MONEY OR THE TIME!!!!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sakama05 on 02/22/2011 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Vail Theatre of the Arts

Beautiful state-of-the-art performing arts theatre that has started bringing in some world-class concerts.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bonnie on 12/01/2010 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Magical Mystery Dinner Theater

Horrible! Maybe we were expecting to much, but it's not worth $39 a ticket, the show took close to an hour to start after it's scheduled time. The whole show was very amateurish, the "actors" served as the waiters, the food was just disgusting, I too have no idea what that white sauce was nor what the heck that bland rubbery rolls they tried to pass off as chicken. I attended the 11/13/2010 and was one of the people that walked out. Don't do it listen to the reviews, I'm not one to walk out, so I don't waste my money but it was too much to handle.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mal on 11/20/2010 at 8:42 AM

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