… is what we went to see last night at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre in San Antonio. The Harlequin Dinner Theatre is a small – I guess it might have about 150 seats – theatre on the grounds of Fort Sam Houston. “Dinner theatre” means that before each performance a dinner is being served, which is included in the ticket price. This is why there are no rows of seats but why you sit at tables – usually for 4 people. But the staff is really flexible in seating arrangements: for larger groups they simply combine tables. The box office and the bar open at 6 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. Drinks and desserts are being served by staff, the soup and salad bar are self-service, and for the main course you walk past servers who fill your plate with the requested entree – for which you usually have the choice of fish, chicken or beef. Yesterday the menu was “Hitchcock’s Baked Chicken“, “Sliced Roast Beef au Jus” or “Fried Fish“, accompanied by “Premeditated Medley of Vegetables” plus “Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary” or “Ms. Marple’s Dirty Rice“, and for dessert there was the choice between chocolate cake or chocolate brownie. The soup of the day was chicken dumpling soup, btw. The performance starts at 8 p.m., so that you have plenty of time for a leisurely dinner.
Last night that was, as said above, Agatha Christie‘s “The Mousetrap” – slightly changed, that is. There was no Mr. Paravacini, a character that can easily be left out as he only serves as a “red herring” but has no necessary function in the plot, Detective Sergeant Trotter was a woman, and some of the play had a slightly comic touch. But all of that was by no means detrimental to the performance: we enjoyed it a lot. The evenings at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre are always entertaining and fun, and we’re already looking forward to the next event, a musical revue titled “And the Beat Goes on – The Harlequin Bandstand: Part 3 of the Golden Oldies Musical Revues Featuring the Fabulous 50s & Sensational 60s“, in March and April.
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- Spotlight: ‘The Mousetrap’ (mysanantonio.com)