As a 7 year old boy, my mom and dad took me to my first visit to Sweet Fanny Adams' Theater. If my memory serves me correctly, the show I attended in the summer of 1988 might've been called The Dead Parrot cafe, but alas, those memories are distant. My experience then was an excellent one,although at that time I'm sure I missed many of the quips and puns. It's funny how life gets in the way sometimes; this past weekend was my first visit since then. While the cast had changed (except for Tim Coleman; I remembered his performance well!), the theater itself was as I had remembered it. A perfect blend of vaudevillian allusions and modern tongue-in-cheek humor. So much to be said for the small details (read the program carefully!) that are forgotten by other attractions. Character seemingly exuded from the walls.
The show itself holds to a more highbrow standard of humor than travelers are accustomed to in this area. While it does have it's own moments of "lowest common denominator" (the performers' words this past weekend, not mine!), it's a welcome respite to the other humorous offerings of the region. It saddens me to read in previous reviews that some travelers view this as a negative and complain that this show isn't "family friendly". I have a 4 year old and a 3 year old and wouldn't hesitate to bring them with me to another showing. There's enough fun for the kids to keep them entertained, yet no droning insult to one's intelligence that other local comedy shows can inadvertently provide. It's the parents responsibility to do your research on any attraction that may approach mature subject matter. If your children are easily offended or you don't wish to answer their questions, leave this one for the adults to enjoy! If they are mature enough to watch cable television, however, then logically they will be fine. The real world is a heck of a lot scarier than Sweet Fanny Adams!
It's hard to talk about the show itself without ruining so many fine parts of it. Many reviews on here have touched on various aspects of the performance directly; I will avoid doing the same for those that wish to be surprised but suggest watching a few YouTube videos or reading more user reviews here if you want to know more in advance about their aforementioned blend of humor and drama. That, after all, is what sites such as TripAdvisor are for. I will say this much, however- It's a blast to see the paper dance is still around! This one brings the house down every time. If you're sick of country music, animatronic animals in overalls (okay, so I'm not that classy; I still provide bewildered audience for hound dogs that play banjos and bears that blow in moonshine jugs) and overtly family friendly "comedy", don't hesitate to attend a performance at Sweet Fanny Adams Theater. One of the best experiences I've had in Gatlinburg in a very long time and a rare experience that you leaving feeling that you paid far less for what you actually received.
Chris and Jennifer, you (along with your band of ingenious thespians) have honored your father well. Thank you for keeping this treasure of the Smoky Mountains along the same visionary path it's enjoyed since it's inception. I for one have 25 years of catching up to do and look forward to being a regular from now on out!