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“Expected an OK Evening, and Got Just That” 3 of 5 stars
Review of New Candlelight Theatre

New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810
302-475-2313
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Ranked #1 of 26 Activities in Wilmington
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Delaware's best kept secret for a night of entertainment is New Candlelight Theatre. Located in historic Ardentown, DE, New Candlelight provides an all-inclusive evening of Dinner and Professional theatre in an intimate atmosphere, all for a reasonable price. Operating as a theater venue for over 75 years, the stage of this quaint barn comes alive every weekend year round and entertains thousands of theater-goers through the course of the year. While musicals are New Candlelight’s specialty, other special events such as a monthly Comedy Night, are also available offering patrons various opportunities to experience Live Theatre. Tickets are $55 for adults and include full course buffet and show. Cash bar is available as well as free parking. Children and group discount tickets are also available.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Expected an OK Evening, and Got Just That”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We went to the recent opening night of "Miss Saigon" at this neighborhood dinner theater, expecting an OK evening, and that's what we got. Considering its limited budget, the production was OK. I must say I very much enjoyed the opening sequence, with lots of young ladies writhing onstage clad in just bikinis and heels; however, considering the subject matter, it seemed odd that only one or two cast members were actually Asian. The show itself seemed a bit of a cliche: boy meets girl, they fall in love, are separated, he marries another woman, background war, etc. (Yes, I know it's a re-do of "Madame Butterfly.") The theater itself is comfy and homey. The acting and singing were all right, but not exceptional. The food at the buffet was similarly bland, and overcooked. The beef and pork were hard to chew, meatballs not very tasty, chicken was all right, I suppose. I did like the vegetables, but then I do like my veggies cooked into a limp, mushy state. Desserts were varied: apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, tiramisu cake, cheesecake, etc. However, none were of high quality, and the chocolate cake's frosting tasted even worse than what you get out of a can. I did like the chocolate cream pie with ersatz whipped cream, however -- more than I should have! Overall, I'd say that this venue is OK for what it is-- a cozy neighborhood dinner theater.

Visited January 2012
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English first
Dover, Delaware
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74 reviews 74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Spotlight on the Candlelight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

If you want a good time to be had by all, go to the Candlelight. A first class dinner theater that's great for 2 or 200. I mean 200. I was the social chair for a group sometime ago and I use to hold our end of the year meeting at the Candlelight. I bought out the house and we held our "meeting" during intermission. This is a Gem. Must enjoy the experience.

Visited January 2012
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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Always Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

We have been season ticket holders for 3 years and are always amazed at the wonderful shows they put on. The talent and energy of the cast ensures a good time & it seems that they truly enjoy performing for us.
I was a little skeptical of their doing an original productiion, A Very Candlelight Christmas, but once again did a fantastic job. Thoroughly entertaining and well performed.
Thanks for the good time!
Jim & Robin

Visited December 2011
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Media, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“NOT an attraction, it's a DINNER THEATER!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

We saw Annie here and that was tremendous on it's own, but we were thrilled when the actors came around to serve drinks! What a fun time! It's in a beautiful, wooded part outside of Wilmington so it's easy to get to. The buffet was great but the one complaint i had was the way the lines went. They actually had a traffic person. So if you go, wait till the line dies down. Otherwise the food was great for adults AND kids. Tons to choose from as well!
The have a great assortment of shows to pick from and the cast is FANTASTIC!
We LOVED IT! You've GOT to try this place at least once!

Visited June 2011
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Enola, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“nice play --except for the ad libs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

political slurs by a yuppie Liberal cast are not appreciated by your hardworking, Conservative, 'paying' audience

Visited December 2011
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