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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should we have a mystery event?
If you want the best in interactive entertainment, look no further. Our comedy mystery shows are great team-building events. It is great entertainment, and the audience is part of the show. People can participate as much or as little as they want. Besides the fun of interacting with the performers & working together to solve the crimes, our presentations are comedy events. The accent is on FUN.

Corporations have brought us in for the closing dinner of training programs and offsite meetings. For private parties, we have been an ideal way to top last year’s party. (The only problem is trying to top us next year.) Some companies hire us just to give their employees a treat at their annual party. (Shh. Some companies write it off as a team-building event.) Remember to book early for your event. We know you want the best. Who doesn’t? We are rated #1 in customer satisfaction. For some rave reviews, click here.
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Our shows are tailored to each client, using info from your daily work or from in-house info provided to add fun to the quest. We time each event so that it lasts the duration of a dinner or luncheon party. The actors are there when the guests arrive, and the play is performed throughout the dinner or luncheon. Upon arrival, each guest gets a program explaining the show and how to play the game. Each guest gets a different clue to be played with the actors during the show. The more clues that are played, the easier it is to unravel the crimes. When the culminating action (usually a murder) happens toward the end of the meal, the detective has all the guests break into teams to solve the mystery. The winning table gets acclaim and prizes. For a article describing of one of our events, click here.

Where is your theatre?
We are a mobile theatre that goes to wherever your event is held. Each performance is a unique event, happening at a different site. We have performed in hotel banquet rooms, historical buildings, homes, restaurants, on yachts, at country clubs, in offices. You get to choose. Our motto: Have Show, Will Travel.

Where should we have it?
We can perform our shows almost anywhere. We have found, however, that the shows work best when they are indoors, in a space where everyone can see the action at the same time. Banquet halls and meeting rooms in hotels are ideal.

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What size group is best?
We can perform for any size group. It depends how intimate or how grand you want it.


How many actors do you use?
We have found that the perfect size for a comedy mystery is 5 actors, and a 1-3 person tech crew. (Our shows include lights & sound, and music).


How long is the show?
We time it to your event. You’re the boss. Most of our events run between 90 minutes and two hours (the duration of a dinner party).


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How much does the audience have to get involved? Do they have to go onstage?
The great thing about our shows is that each audience member can participate as much or as little as they like. No one is forced to go onstage; no one has to play the clues they are given. Most people love to come up and be a star. Group participation has never been a problem. Our actors are trained improvisers who are great at getting people involved. For testimonials from our clients, click here.


Why is Metropolis the best?
Unlike other murder mystery companies, ours is made of professional theatre people – actors, directors, playwrights – who know how to put on a terrific presentation. All of our performers have at least 10 years experience doing interactive improv comedy. Our actors are all working professionals. With the best story, the best production values, and the best cast; our comedy mystery show is a sure-fire hit.

How much is it?
The cost for a Metropolis show is $2,950 including sound, lights, improvised music and peripheral materials (programs, clues, etc.). Our "period piece" shows ("A Dickens of A Christmas", "Wild West Shenanigans") are $3,450. There is a small travel fee for shows more than 30 miles from San Francisco. If there are extra technical needs (video projection screens, etc.) or if the show involves a greater time commitment (performing the show in another state, etc), the price would be higher.

If you want something other than a murder mystery, fear not. We have different kind of programs to fit almost any budget.

How much time do you need? How far in advance should we book?
For us, it is best to book the event at least 3 weeks in advance so we have ample time to write, cast and rehearse the show. If we have a signed contract and deposit received a month before the show, we can be confident that you will be getting the best show and the best cast possible.

Is there anything else we should know?
Technical needs for each individual show will be discussed with the clients, but here’s the overview: The client provides the site, and takes care of the food/beverage service. They provide free parking for our cast & crew, who show up on the day of the event 3 hours prior to the arrival of the guests. We rehearse the show, and set up the lights & sound system. Part of the contract calls for a meal service for the actors & crew 90 minutes before the guests arrive. (For the actors, it’s an 8 hour day with travel. If you give them a meal, they won’t be staring at the guest’s dinner through the whole show.)

What we need onsite: a staging area (an area big enough to comfortably fit 5 actors), a tech area (an area with a table for the stage manager and equipment, a place for a spotlight and operator, room for the speakers on tripods in the corners of the room), a backstage area big enough to hold a table and 8 chairs (preferably with a clothing rack and water for the actors). The backstage area should be close to the playing area and must be available to the actors for the entire duration of the event and the 3 hours prior to the event.

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We want to book a Metropolis show! How do we do it?

To talk to an actual human being, our phone number is (415) 461-7695. In case we are at an event (and we apologize in advance), please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. To send us an email, click the link at the bottom of the page.

 

 

For the best in interactive entertainment, call:

Metropolis Mystery Theatre
(415) 461-7695
832 Via Casitas
Greenbrae, CA 94904

info@metropolismystery.com