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“Great show but trouble with wait staff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Henry Strater Theatre

Henry Strater Theatre
699 Main Ave, Durango, CO
970-375-7160
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Ranked #20 of 53 things to do in Durango
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Owner description: The world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious continually running theatres in Colorado, tallying over 47 years of quality performances.
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“Great show but trouble with wait staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I attended the opening night of "The Dame of Durango" with about 80 other conference-goers. The two-hour show was tremendous; a combination of melodrama and vaudeville where you are encouraged to boo and hiss at the villains and cheer the heroes. The cast of three males and eight females keeps you entertained throughout the evening. The problem was with the wait staff. They come around to take your order before the show and during intermission, but many in our group never received their orders. One poor gentleman placed an order for his table and ended up going to the bar to see why it had never been delivered. He picked it up there and paid cash. Later, the waitress came around and dropped off a bill at his table. He assumed it was just a receipt. The waitress returned 10 minutes later (during Act II) and demanded payment. He explained that it had already been paid for, but she insisted that he take it up with the manager. So he had to leave the show and argue with the manager. The bartender had gone home for the evening and couldn't vouch for our friend. When our friend pointed out that his party wouldn't have received their drinks unless they had been paid for, the manager relented and let him return to the show (without an apology). Needless to say, he was fuming and the theatre experience was ruined for him. I am sure the theatre will get these issues straightened out, as it was opening night for everyone.

Visited June 2014
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Hesperus, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Songwriters Show!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Saw Kent Blazy, Karyn Rochelle, and Cory Batten perform at the Strater on 10/12. What a great show for a great cause - Stillwater Foundation. Hoping they're back next year!

Visited October 2013
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Yuma, Arizona
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great evening of Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We bought the package of dinner at the Mahogany Room plus the play and were not disappointed. We even were able to bring our unfinished bottle of wine into the play with us. One of the highpoints for me was being given some lines to say during the play itself. That was real special.

Visited July 2013
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Topeka
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“We had the best time...this is a must do....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We brought our family to see the melodrama and vaudville and it was fantastic. Both we and our daughters (12 and 15) loved it, which is not always easy to find. The actors and story were great. The show was hilarious and family friendly, again, not easy to find. This was one of our kids favorite things we did on vacation this year and I have to agree with them. I strongly recommend.

Visited July 2013
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Avon, New York
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“Enjoyed the show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We loved our seats and the performance. The actors did a wonderful job and the songs fit in with plays. Vaudeville is so much fun when done well. Can't have a bad seat in this historic theater.

Visited July 2013
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