My husband, our youngest daughter (Stephany) and I went to Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s Dinner Theater for Murder and a Meal and we flat out had the time of our lives. None of us had ever been to a mystery dinner before so we had no idea what to expect. However, any expectations we did have were surpassed with ninja speed.
The food was exceptional – as food at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park always is. When we’re in the Land Between the Lakes region, we will honestly drive out of our way to eat at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. If you’ve visited Genuine Kentucky regularly, you know that we visit and eat at many (many, many, many, many) of Kentucky’s state parks. Another Kentucky State Resort Park may, at some point, stand up and compete for the title – but at this moment in time, Lake Barkley State Resort Park has the Genuine Kentucky badge of honor for The Best Food at Kentucky State Resort Parks.
You can taste the difference in every bite. And, given the fact that most of the Parks have similar menus – this is really saying something!
Lake Barkley is also right up there (tied for first with Kenlake State Resort Park) for having the friendliest people in their lodge’s restaurant. We’ve never walked away from either place without genuinely feeling like we were a very, very, very welcomed guest.
Excellent food, too!
Laughing Corpse Productions
The mystery dinner was performed by Laughing Corpse Productions and I can’t say enough good things about them. Unfortunately, I don’t have the performer’s names or any pictures (sorry, we were too busy eating, laughing, and sleuthing to take pictures) but I can tell you this: These people love what they do – which is entertain the socks off of people.
The “Sheriff” – Sheriff Marshal Law was a complete ham who should have his own stand up routine. The man was priceless. Truth be told, they were all deliciously entertaining.
The name of this particular performance was “Check Out Time” and I only wish you had been there. The audience (who REALLY got into it!) became a part of the entertainment as we scrambled for clues to figure out who “murdered” one of the hams.
You’re given play money at the beginning of the meal that you can use to “bribe” the suspects for clues. Each table is a team and you work together to figure out the guilty character.Ã?Â It was pretty tough because each one seemed guilty to me.
I kept my seat and minded my P’s and Q’s but a lot of people were going around to other tables – stealing “clues” and sometimes even play money. A few women tried to use their charms on “Manny Jer” but he wasn’t having any of it. My husband and I tried to get under the jumpsuit of “Hoss Kepping” – we thought he was literally covering something up and offered to pay him to strip. Dang his morals. I’m proud to say that one of the women at our own table had some of the stickiest fingers in the whole place. She paced, she looted, she eavesdropped, she came back with money and clues.
Sigh. I want to be her when I grow up.
If you are ever able to attend a performance at Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s Dinner Theater, please do yourself a huge favor and buy tickets. Buy them and ask questions later. Be sure to buy enough for several of your favorite people to go along with you. Each time I’ve thought of other people who I wished could’ve gone as well.
When you do go, I know you’ll see us there. I’ll be the curly-haired brunette probably wearing something related to the UK Wildcats or St. Louis Cardinals – the one hooked up to coffee like it’s my life source. Only because it is.
For more information about the Laughing Corpse Productions, visit their website by clicking here. If you ever have a chance to see anything performed by Laughing Corpse Productions – grab a few people in need of a great time and have at it.