Published October 3, 2009
It was opening night for the new season of shows at the Starlight Dinner Theater. For the uninitiated, this community theater group transforms Waverly Middle School into a dinner theater. Their reputation for an evening of food and fun is intact with this show called Southern Hospitality.
This is the third play in the series about four sisters in a small Texas town, where no one’s elevator goes all the way to the top floor. As if this installment was ripped from the headline, the sisters are concerned about the economy. Frightened that the town will die, they set out to attract business in their own unique way.
Once again, the plot is silly, but very funny. Linda Granger, Emily English, Jane Goebel and Mary Koenigsknecht are once again Honey Ray, Twink, Rhonda, and Frankie.
They have done this so many times they are like the proverbial well-oiled machine. Most of the rest of the cast is back, too. You will love Gordon Hicks as Reynard, and you will die laughing as Winifred Olds plays Iney, the nasty old Aunt you love to hate with pure perfection.
My only complaints on this one is that the spotlights tended to be in the wrong places, and while dinner was good, the biscuits were cold. So if we assume the spotlights will do better and the biscuits will be hot for future shows, I will give this one a good 3 out of Fordyce and urge you to go and enjoy an evening of silly fun.
This show runs Friday and Saturday night through October 10.
Reservation check-in is from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Waverly East Middle School. Reservations are required if you choose to do both dinner and the show, and tickets must be pre-paid. Ticket prices include dinner and the show for $30, $25 for seniors (62+) and students 22 and under with a valid student I.D. Show-only tickets are also available for $15 and can be purchased at the door.
For more information or to make reservations, contact Starlight Dinner Theatre at (517) 243-6040 or visit the website at www.starlightdinnertheatre.com.