Orcutt Community Theater Finishes Inagural Season with Murder at Café Noir

Do you want mystery? Do you want intrigue? Do you want dinner? The Orcutt Community Theater got you covered!  In the final performance of their inaugural season, Murder at Cafe Noir is coming to Moxie Cafe and you’re invited to join in the fun.

On the hunt for a runaway, private investigator Rick Archer finds himself in Tobago Cay where a body has just washed up on the beach. To solve the case, he must investigate the sleazy regulars of the island only nightclub, Cafe Noir.  Will he be able to discover the culprit before times runs out? You’ll have to get in on the action to find out.

While the Orcutt Community Theater has tackled comedy, drama, and musicals, this murder mystery dinner will be a first for the company.  As Dixie Arthur explains, This is different because it is interactive with the audience and the plot movement is driven entirely by their decisions. And the set is the Moxie Caf not a theater, where the characters [can] interact closely and improvisationally with the patrons.

Director Meredith Brough adds, the cast we are working with is amazing and several have performed in murder mysteries before and bring wonderful new ideas to the show.

Since Murder at Caf・Noir is a comic tribute to the Humphrey Bogart movies of the 1940s, the props and costumes will all be in shades of black, white, and gray and patrons are encouraged to dress in the same color palette or in their best 1940s duds.

To add one more layer to the theme, Moxie’s Austin Crabtree has created a special menu that evokes the French Caribbean island setting and will include salads, fruit skewers, Pollo Carnival, Caribbean Spice Salmon, Baked Gruyere Polenta, and Banana Cheesecake as well as a no-host bar with beer and wine all accompanied by period music on piano and a mysterious sultry chanteuse.

This unique catered dinner theater may mark the end of the season for the Orcutt Community Theater, but they’re already gearing up for the next.

Our first season was a success, says Arthur. We were able to attract talented casts and crews and interested audiences. We are very excited about our second, very ambitious season.

Season 2 will feature productions of Into the Woods, Sleuth, The Elephant Man, and Vintage Hitchcock ・A Live Radio Play.  Into the Woods will premier in September and auditions for Sleuth will be held in October.

Tickets for Murder at Caf Noir are $65 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting brownpapertickets.com. Shows run Saturday, July 21st, Sunday, July 22nd, Saturday, July 28th, and Sunday, July 29th.  For more information call (805) 723-0251 or (805) 937-3738.

Rebecca Ross reporting