You will laugh. I guarantee it. Mystery Café of Indianapolis has been serving up laughs, as well as, delicious food for over twenty years in the Circle City.

Now, the term, murder mystery dinner theatre, may conjure up some images of a butler in the drawing room with a candlestick but at Mystery Café, foul play is dished out in ways you’ll never see coming. The owner, Joe, is just as enthusiastic and involved in the evening, as I imagine he was twenty years ago.

Original story lines are circulated every month, so patrons are encouraged to come back and employ their detective skills whenever they get a hankering. These witty, convivial jaunts are crafted by crack writers and executed perfectly by actors who assume multiple identities throughout the course of the show. Before it begins, volunteer diners are given lines to recite at the perfect moment. These mini-manuscripts are most enjoyed, by participants and fellow diners, when all inhibition is cast aside. The ambiance at Mystery Café cultivates an atmosphere of frivolity, friendship, and fun, which is a refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of a long work week. As they say at Mystery Café, you will enter as strangers and leave as friends.

With dinner provided by the historic Milano Inn, a different course is served between every act of the play with 4 courses in total. These include a freshly tossed salad, minestrone soup, your choice of Italian pasta (the Mostaccioli was fantastic), Spumoni for dessert, and melt in your mouth rolls for the whole table. Mystery and intrigue are served weekly on Friday and Saturday nights and the show is also available to travel for special events. For an inside look at Mystery Café, check out the video below.

Written by Erica Stikeleather

Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!