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“Overpriced Dinner, Amateurish Show”

Gettysburg Civil War Era Dinner Theater
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Fairfield
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Owner description: One Man...three distinctly and uniquely different characters...one sumptuous meal.Truly an escape back in time as we present a three-part journey toinclude:Civil War Era Magic ShowAn "Old Timer" who will share stories about life as a civilian during the Battle of GettysburgA Theatrical Re-Creation of a Civil War Era Seance.2 1/2 hours of sound entertainment of the era, for the entire family at The Historic Fairfield Inn.
Reviewed May 16, 2012

I wish I could give this less than a "one". The whole evening started badly and went downhill from there. We were told to arrive at 6:30 and we did. The rest of the audience, however, had obviously arrived well before that time and most of the dinner orders had been taken. We were truly embarrassed and we never got the tour of the house that other reviewers have mentioned. My husband enjoyed his steak, but I thought the chicken and biscuits were watery and there was only a tiny portion of the vegetable serving.

This dinner and show is incredibly overpriced -- We spent over $100 for the food and the show without any alcoholic drinks. The Inn automatically adds a gratuity of which we were unaware beforehand. Charging any gratuity is laughable because the service was extremely poor. I had to go back into the kitchen and find a waitress to refill our drinks. The couple at the next table did not receive their food and had to chase it down. And there is no ballroom. We were squeezed into a downstairs hallway, while a party took place in the enclosed area -- a party that received most of the serving staff's attention.

The performer, the so-called "Professor" Kerrigan, gave a bad amateur performance, straight out of a child's "how to do magic tricks" book. It was easy to see how it was done. He lost most of his audience's interest when one of the card tricks failed. And he went on and on and on in some type of fake accent, feeling the need to lecture us about magic and illusion rather then letting us see for ourselves. To make bad matters worse, he had trouble with the sound system and music throughout the performance. And no one from the Inn appeared to help him fix it. So he stumbled through. If this guy is part of the ownership of the Inn, then he needs to quit performing and go back to fixing some of the problems with the management and service. If he is a hired performer, then the Inn needs to find another performer. Better entertainment is certainly available in the Gettysburg area, perhaps someone who can tell ghost stories without amateurish illusion and magic. A bad experience!

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

yes please come do this . it is a nice date out with you rman good food , very entertaining.

Thank Sandi P
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

So much to see and learn there. The sites were interesting and affordable. Love the history and the restaurants. The town was quaint and clean. Looking forward to a return trip.

Thank mannsvet
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Joseph Kerrigan is a master of the art of magic and storytelling. You just don't get entertainment like this anymore. We thoroughly enjoyed it (ourselves and daughter age 9). The food was also good (included in the dinner theater) and we especially liked the homey, handed-down traditional recipe of a pulled chicken with a golden gravy over biscuits. Cocktails are available for an additional fee.

We wound only suggest that you call the Fairfield Inn to confirm the performance is occurring on the night you want to go. Also note the audience may be large or small, depending on the evening. Either way, it would be a fun and different attraction to try. We truly enjoyed it.

2  Thank lunaargo
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Engaging performance with enough entertainment to keep your attention and enough history to inspire further study. The Professor is a skilled magician and story teller who allows the audience to participate and observe the magic up close and personal without revealing any secrets. Also enjoyed the Q&A afterwards. The owners, barkeep and staff were all very friendly and helpful during our pre-show house tour - look forward to making a return visit.

1  Thank lindaoakton
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