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Henry Strater Theatre
Ranked #30 of 71 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.
Topeka, KS
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2014

We enjoyed the "Dame of Durango" melodrama. Quarters were very tight. The woman in front of us was very large and made viewing a chore. We used to attend melodramas in Cripple Creek CO regularly. This show was not as good as those in Cripple Creek, especially the Olio. It was in 3 parts and just wasn't very good. But overall we enjoyed the "Dame" and would probably attend again.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Great show”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed the show. Funny story with musical numbers interspersed. The cast was very funny. Little kids were cracking up at adults acting silly.

The olio was a bit disjointed broken up in three parts. But fun was had by all.

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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A vaudeville fan for life”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We watched our first vaudeville show here in 2011. It was a great experience and made us vaudeville fans for life. Whenever we travel we try to find vaudeville shows, but nothing can compare.

Visited August 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Great fun!”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

"The Dame of Durango" was a fun melodrama as the audience hissed at the villians and cheered for the good guys and gals. There were several vaudeville skits, also, during the two-hour show. The actors were all talented and very good singers. This is fun entertainment for all ages. The only problem is that the room is very crowded. Each table is about 24 inches in diameter and there are four chairs around each table. Our table A3 was right against the stage and the table of four people behind and beside us were smashed against us. The whole room was completely packed like that. There are two slightly elevated walled sections (one on each side) that hold one table each. I would make early reservations there if I were to go again. Also, the wait staff was very overworked with the crowd of people. This is a great fun evening, and I would definitely go again even giving the limitations.

Visited July 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great show but trouble with wait staff”
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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