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“Fun - but don't go for the Food”

Boulder's Dinner Theatre
Ranked #2 of 14 Concerts & Shows in Boulder
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Boulder's Dinner Theatre has been around for some time, which is to their credit - good entertainment if you like the stage but we often find the food to be simply OK - the better stuff of course cost more as does any type of alcohol or dessert... not a big unknown, but you walk out of there with lighter pockets... We recently went to see Shriek - entertaining but unduly long it seemed especially in light of the fact that the entire evening was ruined because someone in control of the thermostat thought we all brought down jackets and that the month of May should be included in ski season - short sleeves definitely made for a long evening... and it wasn't just me - those around us felt the same cold draft from the fans, to the point that several people got up and went to their cars and brought in their jackets - one guy actually came back with blankets for his kids - repeated request to 'warm it up' were of course ignored - too bad someone was so clueless as to not notice that people were uncomfortable and ruined an otherwise nice evening...

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We came to BDT for the first time tonight, to see Sisters of Swing, a kind of history/anthology of the Andrews Sisters, a singing trio from the mid-20th century heyday of live radio and corny but uplifting movies. The three women and three men did a good job of singing, dancing, and acting in their roles of Patty, Maxene, and Laverne and their associates. This is live entertainment and it's good to keep it alive, even if the female trio, singing with good pitch and good intonation, doesn't blend well or sound a lot like I remember the Andrews sisters' sound (and I am old enough to remember it).

Before we came to BDT we had been told that the food was mediocre at best. We found it to be quite good, as did the other four people at our table. Not gourmet, but good enough to justify another visit. It's not a buffet; it's a table service meal with several entrees to choose from that are included in the overall ticket price, and several others that are available for an additional charge. Appetizers and desserts are extra also. I was rather surprised that coffee and non-alcoholic beverages were an extra charge too. That's tacky in my view, as are the repeated announcements and table side hustling and solicitations for tips.

The only aspect of the performance that I found problematic was the balance in the sound system between the live band and the soloists or trio. The actors are all miked and the band is amplified also. The band simply overshadowed the performers, especially in the soliloquies, when the actor was quietly talking about some aspect of the history of the group; the mournful clarinet was not a background; it was a solo and we couldn't hear the speaker's monologue.

A real plus for anyone with a hearing impairment: BDT has installed a magnetic induction loop in the facility, so anyone with a hearing aid that has a telecoil can use it to hear the actors and singers directly through his or her hearing aids without any other equipment. If a patron does not have a hearing aid with a telecoil but wants to have the benefit of using the loop, the facility will issue a receiver and headset that will receive the signal from the loop. The only drawback was not the system -- it was great; the problem again was in the imbalance from the system's volume control settings between the band and the actors/singers. That can and should be corrected by the sound system technical staff.

So if you go with medium expectations you will enjoy the experience of food and entertainment.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We see many of BDT's performances each season and they never fail to entertain. The singing, dancing, acting are absolutely first class. The food isn't quite up to the quality of the show, but who cares? The performance more than makes up for it.

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Whether you are staring in awe at a man weeping in "The Phantom of the Opera" or singing along to your favorite classic such as "Singing in the Rain" or laughing hysterically at the puns whipped around in "Monty Python's Spamalot," Boulder's Dinner Theater is the place to go. They put on a great show everytime. I have grown up going there since elementary school and would need more than double the fingers and toes I have to count the number of times I've been. I haven't been disappointed. The food is pretty good and they think of fun drinks to go along with the show they are performing. Whether you are visiting or live here, I reccommend checking out a show. You can go with family, friends, work, church, or any other organization. And you will be supporting the performing arts as a bonus!

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

A high caliber theater offering. Enjoyable venue for kids and adults depending on the show. Directed by former Broadway show director from NY.

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