I have been going to the Boulder Dinner Theatre for at least 20 years. I've never seen a play that was poorly performed. Last week we went to Avenue Q. The Play has adult themes but a 15 year old boy was celebrating his Birthday with his family the night I was there and seemed to love it by his facial expressions. There were a number of 20 something people there which was fun to see.
The dinner is not the draw but I must say some things have been improved. Bread tastes fresher and so do the ingredients of the salad which is still a bit tired but not as tired and limp as in previous visits. My favorite entree is the Chicken Kiev. I asked for it served hot and it was served on a very hot plate but the chicken itself was just warm. I thought the ham inside actually tasted a bit off. The mashed potatoes were served hot. I was half way through my meal when I ran into a hair sticking into the cheese sauce. In all honesty, I do not think it was my hair. Maybe hair nets are in order for the kitchen help. For extra money, one can order prime rib. I have had the coffee ice cream pie many times before and it did not taste as high quality as it has in the past.
We sat with a couple who were strangers to us. They were quite friendly but if you want an intimate dinner with your friend/spouse pick a table for two. Unfortunately, the tables for two are not center stage. Otherwise the tables are for 4, or 6. The tables are squashed in very close to each other. When you turn your chair to face the stage, you are almost in the lap of the table mates next to you.
The service was slow and one of the servers had an attitude. She said "sorry I'm slow but it's been kind of busy" in a sarcastic tone. We guessed that they were short on servers that night. The other issue was numerous references made by staff to proper tipping. You are supposed to tip on the entire price of your meal, not just your alcohol and desserts. They must have announced this at least 3 times. Plus, during the play a hat is passed through the audience, something that is part of the play. I felt at least from the people sitting immediately around us that they were very annoyed by this.
The play was a lot of fun and the actors were great. The puppets were delightful, too. I left the theatre feeling good about myself. The play is very upbeat and positive. Wonderful, snappy music.
We have tickets for 42nd St. in November. In spite of the lackluster meal, the community theatre experience is well worth the evening.