Forget cooking! Summer is ideal for setting aside the barbecue tools or stepping out of the kitchen and letting someone else do the work for you, and all with the added bonus of entertainment, at a dinner theater. Pittsburgh’s variety of dinner theaters offers engaging and amusing performances that the whole family will enjoy. From thrilling cruises along the city’s three rivers to more traditional dinners paired with shadowy mysteries, you’re sure to find a show to suit your tastes. Leave behind the leftovers and skip out on takeout by heading to these best upcoming dinner theater performances in Pittsburgh.
Musical Mysteries & More
6566 William Penn Highway
Delmont, PA 15626
Date: August 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Transform the typical Saturday dinner date into an evening of musical mystery at Musical Mysteries & More’s production of No Clue! Using its unique combination of improvisation and theater, this acting troupe brings a hilarious and innovative approach to dinner theater. No Clue! reveals the details and facts of Italian shipping billionaire Bussi Botti and the suspicious happenings that unfold as his five guests arrive at his mansion, with one visitor dying before the evening ends. Audience participation is encouraged so come prepared to put on your best performance as well. See if you will be among those able to sort out this crime, written by Joe Cannito. Catch No Clue! at The Lamplighter located on William Penn Highway in Delmont.
McCaffrey Mysteries Mystery Dinner Theater
1617 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Date: August 22 – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Since 2001, McCaffrey Mysteries has been a leader in comedy-murder mysteries throughout the Pittsburgh area. Its interactive dinner theater shows are a blast for audiences of all ages who will use the clues uncovered over the evening to find the cold-blooded murder behind this funny and entertaining mystery. Gaetano’s will provide a dinner buffet of chicken Florentine, pasta marinara, sausage and meatballs, tossed salad, parsley potatoes, green beans, ice cream, coffee and soft drinks. A cash bar will also be available. A portion of all ticket sales from this show will be donated to the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Get swept away in this mysterious thriller during McCaffrey Mysteries’ 7 p.m. show on August 22.
Mystery’s Most Wanted
The Wooden Nickel
12120 State Route 30
North Huntingdon, PA 15642
Date: August 22 – time TBA
Get pulled into the intertwining web of clues during Mystery’s Most Wanted dinner theater performances. During a three-act show, its actors will engage the audience via wonderful costumes and engaging storytelling that draws diners into the scene. This particular show will feature the troupe’s performance of “Montana Marie Gets Dunned Down at Three,” which combines a singing cowboy, saloon girl, deputy and Bandito in a who-dun-it in the wacky Wild West. Attend Mystery’s Most Wanted August 22 performance at The Wooden Nickle, located at Norwin Town Square in North Huntingdon.
Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: September 5 – 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s Arcade Comedy Theater tops the list as the city’s best comedy theater and now you can experience the belly-laugh inducing comedy of its dinner show “Dinner With the Nolens.” Join Jethro and Kristy Nolen and their unforgettable dinner guests in an evening of hilarity and originality. “Dinner With the Nolens” is an improv-style show that features a variety of improv duos who join the Nolens once a month in this long-form comedy set. An opening set by improve troupe Grey Matter opens the show. Arcade Comedy Theater is situated on Liberty Avenue in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.
Pirate Voyage Dinner Cruise
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: September 11 – 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Have dinner with another type of Pittsburgh Pirates aboard the Gateway Clipper’s Pirate Voyage Dinner Cruise. The riverboat will need all hands on deck for this dinner cruise that is designed to entertain Buccaneers of all ages. Set sail on the city’s three rivers for a swashbuckling musical titled “A Pirate’s Tale” that includes original music performances, stories of intrigue and betrayal and thrilling sword battles during its telling of the seizure of The Raven Spanish naval ship by a pirate crew. Treat yourself to a treasure trove of Pirate-themed dinner features, including vegetable swords, pirate chicken fingers, Flying Dutchmen pizza boat, skull and crossbones cake and more. The boat boards at 5:30 p.m. and sails from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.