765 W. Central Ave
Springboro, OH 45066
1.800.677.9505 or 937.746.4554
My mom’s birthday was at the end of February and we did a few things right around her birthday to celebrate. But my sisters, mom and I really enjoy doing something “classy” and “girlie” every year, if we can, and this year, we decided to go to La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, OH. It’s between Cincinnati and Dayton, a little closer to Dayton, and this was my first time going! Mom had gone several years ago to eat and listen to a monk choir (no, they couldn’t talk…but they did the whole Hallelujah Chorus with signs. Not sign language, but signs with the words and parts of words written on them. She said it was hilarious.)
La Comedia is finishing up their production of Seven Bride for Seven Brothers (April 23rd). It was such a fun show, but I’ll have to start at the beginning.
La Comedia begins with a buffet dinner. There are different sizes of tables available which you can keep for your whole party or you can mingle with some other groups. We chose to mingle with others. As a result, our seats were right up at the front, literally inches from the stage! We sat with two couples – one, not so pleasant, and the other, who were no longer strangers by the end of the show.
Our server was a lot of fun too. My mom, sisters and I can be a bit boisterous (all in good fun) and we play along with really anything – our server rose to the challenge. She was great fun. We started with our drinks and a salad. I couldn’t eat all of it, because I’m allergic to vinegar, but I had never had cantaloupe on a salad before. This one had Papaya Chutney Dressing and everyone (else) ooed and awed and yummed their way through it.
When it came time to the main course, three, yes three, large buffets were wheeled out onto the stage. We were dismissed by table to go dig in – there were very strict rules. But the food looked and tasted delicious. Here’s what was on the menu:
Beef Tenderloin (carved by a chef)
Smoked Sausage and Apples (most of us decided the sausage was the only edible part of this duo)
Country Fried Chicken
Fried Norwegian Cod (a La Comedia staple)
Homemade Cornbread (my favorite part!)
Pinto Beans served with Peppers and Onions
Beef Stew with Buttered Noodles
Broccoli with Bread Crumbs
Sweet Potato Soufflé (yum yum and…yum)
I will unashamedly post what my plate looked like after sitting down.
Despite having a decided formal feel, there were a lot of homey things about it. For one, when you share a table with strangers, you kind of get the family-type feel with them. (Well, in our case, some of them). This may just be a side-effect of sitting with my family – we know no strangers anyhow.
Also, there was a quite a bit of passing of dishes. We were frequently asked by the staff to pass down a salad to our table-mates and then pass up any dirty dishes to them.
When it came time for the show, I had to put my camera away, sadly. We were so close that I thought for sure one of the Brothers would flip right onto our table. And if our dirty dishes hadn’t been passed around and sent off to the kitchen, one of the brides could have ended up with leftover sweet potato on her skirts. But they did a great job! I have seldom gone to a show that I didn’t enjoy, but it sure is nice when the troupe performing is so skilled and really into their performance. Those guys would really, really dance! We all agreed that some more harmony and blending would have been nice in the songs, but they all did an excellent job.
So, here it goes:
The food: excellent, unless buffets aren’t really your thing. Except, I will say, this was ten times better than any normal buffet style restaurant.
The help: They were 92% attentive.
The parking: they have their own parking lot.
The accommodations: Several sizes of tables and levels (at various costs). Our table could fit 10, 5 on each side. It would have been snug if we had that last couple with us. I saw several people up front who turned their chairs to face the stage, since there wasn’t much eating during the show.
The price: Cost for an individual is between $60-$70. If you have an Entertainment Card, you can get the Buy One, Get One Free deal. This doesn’t apply to the White Christmas or Christmas Carol shows in December. There are other deals and discounts you can check out here.
Returnability: For my first time going, I’d love to go back. The couple at our table has gone to several shows, and they said there was only one time they were so bored that they left at intermission. It’s kind of pricey (although, now we do have an Entertainment Card. For very special occasions, and a favorite show – I would say, most definitely!
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