By Angela Spears
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Are you looking for a different type of dinner atmosphere? Mystery Dinner Theater is on the First Coast at Professor Plum's Playhouse. This is an interactive experience. The actors perform while you eat.
The owner, David Warber, writes some of the plays and buys some. He opened Professor Plum's in April 2005. He says, "I always wanted to open a restaurant. I've been in the restaurant business since I was 16." He also loves to act, something he's been doing for years. Warber says he knows it's hard to keep a restaurant open, so he decided to have something different.
He hires actors and directors from the area. Dorrie Smith describes performing at the dinner theater her hobby. "It's a mutual thing. The more the crowd gets into it, we feed off of them and do better."
The actors are right in front of the audience. They go from table to table performing. Because it's interactive (the audience is often a part of the performance), many of the actors say it improves their improvisational skills.
They put on a different play every six weeks. Right now, they are starring in "The Makeover Murders." The plays may not be for everyone. Warber says they are rated PG or PG-13.
Another actor, Fred Gatlin says, "It's fun (being involved)." He was in the restaurant one night and decided he wanted to be apart of it. He auditioned and as they say "the rest is history." This is the sixth show he's has been in at the playhouse.
Professor Plum's Playhouse is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 7:45 p.m. The show and dinner start at 8.
For more information on Professor Plum's Playhouse, call (904)772-7707 or click on the link above.
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