This is a great way to spend the day and evening in Deadwood that isn't gambling. They have something going on almost every half hour during the day which really helps as there isn't a lot to do in Deadwood during the day for families and just as entertaining for people without kids. I live in the area and always bring my family and friends to Deadwood when they visit.
I was surprised to read the one review that said it was just for kids. Obviously, they didn't watch all the gunfights or the trial or they wouldn't have said that.
People should definitely spend the day in Deadwood to watch all these shows. They do them every day but I don't think they do them on Sundays. All the shows during the day are free, and the trial of Jack McCall show cost $5 for adults (seniors and kids were less) but it was worth the money.
You can almost spend the day following these actors around as they are almost always doing a show. Calamity Jane tells stories and is wonderful to listen too.
• They have 4 street gunfights during the day that are based on what really happened back in the early days.
• Before the gunfights, the sheriff asks for the little kids to come out and he swears them in which gets the kids excited and their parents, too. You can tell he likes kids. The majority of the crowd laughs and smiles at watching this. From what I understand, there weren’t a lot of street gunfights back in those days.
• Every gunfight is different, and the actors are pretty darn good.
• They explain who was involved in the gunfights and what really happened so they do tell history.
The Jack McCall trial is at 8:00 PM and only an hour long.
• Some of the actors are musicians and they play some great songs in the minutes leading up to the play and near the end.
• They said that it is based on the actual trial which I am sure is pretty dry so I appreciate their adding a little humor to keep us alert.
• They include kids to sit on stage as jury members which help them keep entertained and paying attention.
• Audience members are picked to read the parts of the witnesses.
• While we were leaving I heard several people comment it was the best time they had that day.
• The actors greet you at the door and tell you thanks.
• It's a hidden treasure in that town.
Saloon 10 show
• Watching the show about Wild Bill getting shot was good, but the place is too crowded and noise from the machines and the music in the bar area were distracting.
• Too many people had to stand to watch, but the show lasted less than 30 minutes.
• Wild Bill has to scream for everyone to hear what he says.
• Also, I didn't like the recorded story playing in the background. It would be better without it.
If you want to see blood and guts, go watch an R rated western at home. If you want to learn a little history and get entertained at the same time, then definitely watch their shows.