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A 'new' night out in Nashville

Posted Friday, December 21, 2007, at 10:47 AM

A night out in Nashville for me used to mean country music and honky tonks. I love country music!

Although I still enjoy that scene occasionally, I have for the most part traded in those days for the comfort of my own couch. Now, there's nothing better, to me, than relaxing at home while eating pizza and watching a good movie.

My husband asked me earlier this week if I would be up for a night out in Nashville Thursday. When I asked him what he had in mind he told me it was a surprise, which indicated it must be something unusual. I love surprises and love Nashville, so I told him, "Of course I'm up for a night out," despite it being a "school night."

We went to Miss Marple's Dinner Theater on Second Avenue. I had been to dinner/movie theaters before, but nothing like this.

Miss Marple's is a dinner/show in which we, the audience has to solve a murder mystery.

For better or worse, It was a very interactive evening. My seat just so happened to be a prime seat for being picked on my the actors, which is not something I enjoy because I'm not fond of being put on the spot.

The food was very plentiful, but it wasn't "gourmet" as indicated on their web site.

We had a good time and met some nice people, but we both agreed that it would be much more enjoyable to experience this sort of entertainment with a group of friends. In fact, we saw several groups there for holiday work parts and such, and they all seemed to have a ball.

Overall, it was interesting, and definitely something different.

Next time I am going to go with a group, and I know just what seat I'll suggest to the obnoxious person in our group!

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Hi Sadie......it's Kim (the better half of Chris and Kim) :-) Sorry to hear that Miss Marple's wasn't what you thought it would be. Some of us here at work were talking about Miss Marples just a few days ago and discussed getting together and going. Maybe I'll think more about that before I decide whether or not to do. I think it would be fun to host a dinner party and solve one of the murder mysteries. I've looked at the kits online and there are several to choose from. If I decide to do that, maybe you and yours could participate? If not, if you ever want to go to Miss Marple's again, let us know and maybe we could all go together. I know JUST the person to sit in the hot seat and his name MIGHT just start with the letter "C". :-)

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 2:04 PM

Hi Kim,

You should go and check it out...just go with a group. I'd be happy to go as long as Chris was in the hot seat! Although doing something like that at home sounds like a blast!

-- Posted by sfowler on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 3:03 PM

Maybe we could try something like that here in Shelbyville.

(Only do it up the way you prefer)

I've been to Miss Marple's twice with a group and found it a lot of fun with food reminiscent of Miss Daisy's.

The very talented performers were using a deliberately silly,over-the-top script.

If you're in the mood for something wacky,it makes for a quite pleasant experience.

I don't know how a more serious play (perhaps a Agatha Christie or film noir type script) would be.

Different types of audience participation plays with menus to match the theme could be interesting.

Why not get inspiration out of town then create our own versions here?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 5:44 AM

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Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor for the Times-Gazette.
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