News on the Rialto

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So many wonderful things happening for our actors this month!

Travis Rhett Wilson, Ralph Griffey and Caroline Lee Sanchez star in Spamalot in San Bernardino.

Get Tickets for Spamalot

Writer/Pianist Tom Shelton will be in “Sister Act” at Musical Theatre West. He’ll be playing the monsignor.

Sister Act at MTW

Rachel McLaughlan will be playing Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at Riverside Rep.

Man of La Mancha

Diana Burbano’s play “Picture Me Rollin” will be featured at the William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas

Inge Festival

Dale Jones' plays are now available for purchase at www.Treepress.com . Here is an interview they did with him and his wife and co-writer, Valerie Speaks: http://blog.treepress.org/blog/the-secret-garden

Adding Mystery and Glamour to Downtown!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Cast Members in Downtown Riverside

Look for us on the Main Street Promenade in Downtown Riverside on select Saturdays!

Cast members Ralph Griffey and Elizabeth Casey were spotted today cruising the Main Street Promenade in downtown Riverside, in character as Get Cartier! celebrities Louis Phillipe Puchaut and Frances Ackerman.  We'll have rotating actors visiting the farmer's market downtown several Saturdays a month.  Keep an eye out for our 1960's jetsetters. They'd love to meet you, and tell you all about our award-winning murder mystery dinner theater!

ALERT: Riversiders, a NYE Venue Change!

Yikes!  Our friends Eddie and Crystal have run into some restaurant ownership transfer red tape, and are unable to host us for New Year's Eve.  We wish them Godspeed as they work to resolve the problem, but in the meantime we will be taking our show temporarily back on the road! 

Happily, we are able to celebrate our New Year's Eve show at The Hyatt Place Downtown, 3500 Market, Riverside, 92501.  The Hyatt is a venue we know and love, located steps from the Convention Center and the Mission Inn. 

January and February shows will be in venues To Be Determined (TBD).  If you have any great ideas for us, please email or call the box office:  (949) 423-5311.

In the meantime, ticketholders, please check your email closely for updates on venue and show information.  We apologize for any disruption this venue transition creates in your plans.

New Restauranteurs and a New Menu in Riverside

Giuiliana's is under new ownership and management!  (A name change is in the works as well:  keep your eye out for Knockout Italian.)  We are very excited to work with Crystal and Eddie, the captains of our new kitchen team.  Their famous family recipes for Chicken Alfredo and Lasagna with Meat Sauce will knock you out as our new chicken and beef menu options.  We're looking forward to working with our new "cast" members, who will perform the dinner portion of our murder mystery dinner show.  Welcome, Crystal and Eddie!

Darling Returns to Newport Beach with a Bang - Bang Bang, You're Dead!

Darling, You Slay Me, our crowd-pleasing 1920s Broadway murder mystery, which first debuted in Newport Beach in 2008, returned triumphantly to Orange County last Saturday.  Our review of opening night?  A smash!

From our fantastic director Phillip Gabriel come these kudos to the cast:

Congratulations everyone on a great opening night of Darling You Slay Me in Newport!
Robert May did a great job of steering the boat as always!
Mallory Kerwin, a wonderful debut as April June!
Kurtis Reed, you looked perfect as Skippy.
Mike Eastman, you were an insufferable bore...which makes a perfect Rafe!
Rachel Elizabeth Levy, you are a force of nature and delivered a tour de force performance. Brava.
Stevie Rose, a wonderful turn as Marjorie.
Travis Rhett Wilson, You sir, nearly made me choke on my cheesecake! You created a great piece of theatre with XXXXXXXXXX (oops, almost had a spoiler there!)
It was a smooth running show thanks to the capable whip-cracking of Emerald Gonzalez-Castillo.
Special thanks to Krystian Hill for assisting with quick changes.
And last but certainly not least, kudos to the maestro Tom Shelton for creating and playing a great score and underscore that ties it all together so brilliantly. Our musical score and original scripts by Shelton and Canann are what sets us far above other murder mystery companies.
Well done, everyone!

Mallory Kerwin prepares on Opening Night

Mallory Kerwin prepares on Opening Night

Happy Thanksgiving!

We've much to be grateful for here at The Gourmet Detective, having just celebrated our 25th year producing award-winning interactive murder mystery dinner theater.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, full of gratitude and the joy of the season.

Here's a look back to where we were a year ago, celebrating Thanksgiving with our very special Rat Pack Cabaret: