A Few Reviews
Murder mystery evenings, weekends, train rides and so forth have proliferated in recent years, but producer/director Peggy Phillips' Dial "M" Murder Mysteries is one of the first and best in the business since 1985. Dial "M"'s shows are grand fun and a terrific icebreaker. For mystery buffs and fans of comedy, this chance to match wits should not be missed."- Cathy Thompson-Georges, Entertainment Today"
Bravo for their stamina and ability to laugh at themselves and consequently make us laugh more. Fans of Carol Burnette and Harvey Korman will such "pull out all the stops" with the comedy that exists in Dial M too. " - Don Grigware - Valley Scene
JUST A FEW LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR MURDER MYSTERY INTERACTIVE SHOWS
City of Calabasas
I have used Peggy and Dial M for more than 15 years in my job as an event coordinator and I would highly recommend her!! My events range in size from 200 people to 15,000 and she has consistently hit it out of the park no matter the size. I have booked bands, stilt walkers, casino nights, petting zoos, murder mysteries and more. My list is too extensive to answer each question in relation to the specific events but it sounds like you’re wanting to know whether she tailored her programs to meet our needs. My answer is “absolutely”. The smaller programs were generally for the City Council and Commissioners and Clean/fun programming is a necessity with that crowd! We held a murder mystery dinner a couple of years ago and she was able to incorporate some of the inside jokes/hot topics into the act. It is still one of the programs that they talk about. I am confident that she will take the time to get to know your needs. Good luck on your program. I think that you’ll be very pleased!! Aimee Haber, Special Events Coordinator, City of Calabasas
Just recovering from the weekend and gathering feedback from our guests this week. All of the responses were wonderful, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and would like to see how we could possibly top that next year! I think the place was perfect, and with the added ambiance of all your group had to offer it couldn’t have been any better. Thank you for the pictures, those are a great addition to our collection for the party. Your DJ was wonderful, everyone loved the Mistress of Murder and your “show”. I have next years date confirmed at last nights board meeting as the 1st weekend (Saturday) in December. Have a very happy holiday season, Peggy, and I hope to hear from you soon, Aimee Kleen Globe
Thank you so much for making this happen for me and being so flexible and willing to add the coffee thing, and being so easy to work with and fast to respond. I wish I could have seen it, but Anthony (my MC) said it was great too, along with the planners! Thanks again, have a great holiday season! I'll definitely use you again. Sean - AMS Entertainment
I wanted to take this time to thank you tremendously for the absolutely wonderful event that you helped us put on. Your show was fabulous and al in our party had a great time. The comedy your skits left us all in stitches. I loved the way you incorporated our associates and company into the play. The venue at the Stinking Rose was also wonderful. The food was delicious and the accommodations were a perfect setting. Thank you again for helping us plans our event and making it so memorable. - Sincerely, Darren Kindgren
Hughes Space and Communications
"Dear Peggy,"I'm writing you on behalf of our entire department (Communication Media) here at Hughes Space and Communications Company to tell you how much we enjoyed your murder mystery show at our department holiday party at the Stinking Rose Restaurant on December 10."I've talked with many of the people who attended, and I have not heard one negative comment from anyone. What I have heard are reactions reflecting my own;forexample '''It was a fun evening from start to finish. The clue-matching exercise at the beginning was a good mixer without forcing anyone to participate if they really didn't want to.'" The production was good theater in every respect. It was well staged amid severe space constraints. Everyone in the company was obviously well rehearsed and prepared. The homework that you did to personalize the show all the way through was very effective and very funny."Every member of the cast was splendid. They were all skilled actors, seamlessly blending the scripted material with the considerable amount of improv required. Further, they were all 'into' their work, taking it as seriously and wholeheartedly as I would expect of a good cast on stage anywhere. They obviously took pride in what they were doing. Even the song and dance number at the end was terrific. Along with everything else, you all can sing harmony, too! Outstanding!"Thanks so much for a great evening! - Sincerely, Joan Rydbeck, For the Communication Media Department
From The Mirage Hotel
Dear Peggy,"The verdict is in...and as expected, Murder at the Mirage is the talk of the town!"I just wanted to say thank you once again to you and the entire staff at Dial "M". Your professionalism and ability to work with us in our attempt to create a special weekend for our guests certainly paid off."Your staff is definitely 'one of a kind.' I have never met a group of individuals that work together, mesh so closely, or enjoy what they are doing so much as this group of actors. Each member of the group sparkled individually, and when their talents combined, they lit up the room like the stars on a clear night. I'm sure that their enthusiasm and dedication to you and Dial "M" has been beneficial to Dial "M" becoming so successful in just a few short years."I'm glad that we could be a part of your company's anniversary, and I'm even happier that The Mirage was your first 'adventure' in Las Vegas. We're definitely planning to use your company again."Once again thanks for the great production and continued success to you. - Sincerely, Dona Cassese, Director Club Mirage
UCLA Medical Center
Bravo! Your show was great! Everybody had a ball! It was perfect for our goal of teamwork and fun. Besides the hilarious events, everyone raved about the way your actors tailored the show to our group by including names and "inside" bits of information known only by the 161 people who were there.Let me assure you that if you ever want a recommendation in the future, I would be thrilled to oblige. Jackie PetrasUCLA Human Resources
First Federal Bank of California
Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you on November 21st; Michelle was equally as charming. What I neglected to tell you about our gig at Gladstones is that a number of our Executives are calloused, cynical Murder Mystery veterans. No b.s. here. They RAVED about the performance as being one of the most
entertaining murder mysteries they've ever seen. And the Circle of Excellence honorees were truly impressed. We're still getting compliments
here from the attendees. Please pass these compliments along to your cast members. Please feel free to use me as a reference, and I will definitely keep your crew in mind to suggest to other organizations. Wendell J. Grayson, Marketing Services Coordinator
In appreciation for your continued support of the soldiers and civilians of KFOR and SFOR. You've played a significant role in the success of the MWR programs. Thank you for a job well done. George D, Lanning Col, En Commanding - James Mattingly Chief SFOR MWR
"In recognition of your outstanding performance for our service members of the Peace Stabilization Force (SFOR) Mission Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovia. Sarajevo Base Support Battalion Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to Dial M Productions". You played a significant role in the success pf the MWR programs at Camp Bondsteel Kosovo. Thank you for a job well done. George D Lanning Col, EN Commanding
Ms. Peggy Phillips
Thank you for an exceptional performance. Your support and dedication contributed greatly to the morale and welfare of the Task Force Falcon soldiers and civilians deployed to the Multinational Brigade East support of Operation Joint Guardian. Thank you for a job well done and best of luck in all endeavors!
Lester Williams, Commander Sergeant Major
We deeply appreciate you spending time away from your family and friends to bring cheer to deployed soldiers in Kosovo. Your efforts will be long remembered, not only by those of us here, but also through retelling of the music and excitement that you brought to this far away land. You have earned your place of honor by supporting America’s best. - David G. Sage Task Force Commander
I wanted to follow up with you regarding our event last Thursday. Everyone - and I do mean EVERYONE - had a blast!!! We are still talking and laughing about it and many of the employees had never experienced anything quite like this (to include myself) and it was so great! Please pass along to your performers our utmost gratitude and a sincere THANK YOU for a very enjoyable afternoon. - Jacquie Watson, Administrative Specialist
Data Select Systems, Inc.
The Party to Die For was great. You managed everything beautifully. I always appreciate being able
To talk/e-mail directly with you. I get a good comfort level from that direct communication with "the boss." The actors were great -- conduct, appearance, and personalities. Very talented in spontaneous humor related to the audience. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the show. Great entertainment and interaction. Overall rating: excellent. Peggy, I wanted to give a gratuity, but didn't get that on the credit card info. So what I'll do is send you a check. And I promise I'll send pictures from this year and last. - Ann Freeman, Data Select Systems, Inc.
First Federal Bank of California
Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you on November 21st; Michelle was equally as charming. What I neglected to tell you about our gig at Gladstones is that a number of our Executives are calloused, cynical Murder Mystery veterans. No b.s. here. They RAVED about the performance as being one of the most entertaining murder mysteries they've ever seen. And the Circle of Excellence honorees were truly impressed. We're still getting compliments here from the attendees. Please pass these compliments along to your cast members. Please feel free to use me as a reference, and I will definitely keep your crew in mind to suggest to other organizations. Wendell J. Grayson, Marketing Services Coordinator
The event was managed very, very well. The actors were very witty and funny. Their personalities were perfect. My guests all enjoyed this event and said it was the best event they have ever attended with our company. Everyone was talking about it for the next couple of days and everyone agreed it was the funniest show ever! It was a blast and will recommend to all. Victoria Johnston
Surprise Murder Mystery Birthday Party
The show was great! The surprise was delayed a bit, we were about 20 min. late but the crew jumped right in and started without being rude or pushy. The actors were all great; the personal contact with the audience was excellent. To a person everyone that spoke to me afterward raved about the show. A couple of people said it was the best birthday party they had ever been to! The interaction between the inspector and some of the guests was really funny; he really did a great job. I will recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun, fast and hilarious night.
Best regards and thanks for all your help, Mike
Thank you and your team of performers for a job well done. If you can e-mail any of the information we spoke about (game show/motivational speaker etc.) please start this process, as I need new or altered concepts for our ever-challenged meeting planners. Thank your performers and thank you for being on site to pull this show together. Jeff Enloe, Enloe Productions
Chatterton & Associates
Good Morning Peggy,
We all think the Show WAS GREAT. The actors were absolutely entertaining, fun and very personable. We received lots of comments and I made some calls to some of our clients. They all enjoyed the whole event. We loved the comedy and enjoyed Kyle aka "Mr. Plum" getting attention for his wardrobe. Overall, I enjoyed working with you and we would hire you again for another event. The comedy, entertainment and actors were a hit!! Thank you again, for making it possible to have a fun, successful and entertaining event. We'll be in touch. Thank you Theresa de Ande
The party was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Everyone had a great time and the actors said we were a great interactive audience. Thank you so much for everything and if you ever need a reference don't hesitate to give out my information! Chris Mattson, Human Resources
I just wanted to let you know how our event went. WOW!!!! I am so impressed. This far exceeded our expectations. The cast was so professional and was hilarious! I haven't laughed that much in ages! We all had such a good time and everything was perfect.
Thank you so much for everything. I hope we get the chance to use your services again. Christy Case
Country Club Murder Mystery
Thank you for everything last night!!!! Your team was wonderful and we received many compliments about the event. We look forward to working with you on the Celebrity Impersonator event and will let you know a date for early next year as soon as we can lock it down.
Kelly Mitchell, Event Sales Director, SeaCliff Country Club
GENERAL OUTDOOR ADVERTISING
PLEASE EXTEND A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE ACTORS & D.J. FOR LAST NIGHT'S CHRISTMAS. EVERYONE HAS BEEN SAYING WHAT A GOOD TIME THEY HAD. I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE NEGATIVE COMMENT! EVERYONE SAID THEY WERE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT TO EXPECT, BUT THAT THEY WERE SURPRISED AND HAD A GREAT TIME. SOME OF THE COMMENTS WERE: "SUCH GREAT PROFESSIONAL ACTORS!” "IT WAS FUN TO BE INVOLVED!” "HOW GREAT THAT THEY NEW & USED SOMETHING ABOUT EACH PERSON & OUR BUSINESS!" THIS IS A PARTY GROUP AS YOU SAW LAST NIGHT, BUT SOMETIMES HARD TO PLEASE. LAST NIGHT WAS A HUGH SUCCESS THANKS TO YOU & YOUR PEOPLE. I HOPE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU, THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY JOB EASIER. PAT SHENDRICK,
We had such a great time at the Holiday Soiree and our guests keep talking about how much fun it was, especially the Murder Mystery! You and your team were so amazing! This was definitely one for the record books! Thank you for all of your help organizing and working with me to pull off a great event! It makes all the difference in the world to partner with great people to pull off a tight timeline and to entertain that many people! Thank you Peggy again and please let your group know that they were an absolute hit!!! I look forward to working with you in the future, Carrie L. Pursley, Senior Marketing Officer, Marketing Division
You folks were amazing! We've gotten compliments like "most successful holiday party ever" from coworkers. Which is great, because when I was first hired, I was party of the holiday planning committee and I was in charge of music. That year, everyone was in agreement that the music sucked. So I had some making up to do, and you folks pulled it off with style. Extra credit goes to the detective for never letting up on the folks. We all loved it. You folks were great! Thanks again, the whole cast! Rick Becker, Account Manager FM Global
Murder Mystery Birthday & DJ
Peggy, The show was just fabulous, your entire cast was wonderful. I loved each and every one of them. My friends and family were very impressed. Top comment " best party ever" and we do a lot of parties. You were terrific to work with, I so appreciate your help.
The DJ was the bomb! He was just great as were all of them. You, my dear, missed a great party!!! Thank you all again for the effort you put in to make my day so special! Hugs, Bunny