One thing I wish I could do more of was take advantage of our local art scene. I grew up watching musicals and aspired to be an actor. My career has been a disaster to say the least. There was once in CE2 when I threw up on stage and my father had to come get me. I should have stopped then, but tried again in high school where I was in a few high school shows with a total of two lines. Acting was not something I was made for, but I always enjoyed watching other people with real talent.
This month I had the opportunity to do so at Roxy Town Center located at 412 E Douglas. Roxy’s is a live performance venue located in the former OldTown Cabaret space. They have comedic and musical performances in a cabaret-style theater with a full on-site kitchen and bar. Their story, which you can read here, is pretty amazing.
Here is an idea of what to expect from my last visit.
Although they have a Douglas address, the parking lot at Roxy is behind the building at the north end, where you will also find the entrance. Once inside, you will see the ticket office and then a staircase that will lead you to the theater. As you walk up the stairs you’ll see lots of posters from past shows lining the walls which was cool to watch.
You will be greeted by a usher, who will then show you your seats.
The theater can accommodate 152 people and hosts shows all year round. All tables are 2 or 4 tray or you can sit along the balustrade which can accommodate six people or a booth for five.
Their website has all the dates of their shows and allows you to buy your tickets and select where you want to sit.
I was there to see “Five Course Love” which made perfect sense for someone who loves to write about food. The description of the show was as follows:
The Associated Press called the musical “artificially silly and really funny … hilarious and imaginative.” Three actors play fifteen different characters in five different restaurants in search of true love. The night begins at Dean’s Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, where a blind date goes awry. Then, at Trattoria Pericolo, a mafia woman has a secret date behind her husband’s back. At Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz, a waiter, dominatrix, and her guardian find out at the same hilarious moment that they are all dating. In Ernesto’s Cantina, a hill bandit and his rival fight for the hand of beautiful Rosalinda. And at Star-Lite Diner, a waitress yearns for her true love and receives a little help from Cupid to make her dreams come true.
There was also a five-course meal option that was created to match the theme of the show, as well as cocktail pairings for each course.
Here is an overview of each of the five dishes. Most of them were brought to me before the show started, with the exception of the main entrance which came out during the show and dessert during intermission.
My favorite of the five courses was the Mexican Green Chicken Chile Pozole. It’s hard for me not to like anything about chili green chicken. Their was fantastic, filling and incredibly tasty. You really can’t go wrong with anything here. One thing’s for sure, I was drunk before the show was over but I sat down and enjoyed the second half once my dessert was all in my tummy.
As for the show itself? The cast and all of the staff did a phenomenal job. Considering my absolutely appalling acting career, I shouldn’t be criticizing anyone. But for what it’s worth, the first half was good and set the mood. They did a great job of setting the story up and warming people up as the second half really took it to another level. I don’t know if it was on purpose, but the songs and the post-intermission narration were delicious. I found myself nodding at the music and laughing out loud at times. The three-person cast of Ethan Crank, Jenni Warren and Andrew Walker really got him out of the park. They were fun to watch and Walker brought so much comedic relief. There have been so many times he didn’t even have to say a word on stage to make me laugh or laugh. All three, however, were actual stars playing various characters with varying accents. I envy their talents and their ability to avoid vomiting on stage unlike me in second year.
The whole experience at Roxy made me miss live theater so much. I hope I can see more shows, not just there, but many other places in the city.
To learn more about Roxy’s, visit their Facebook page. Or better yet, head over to their website, get your family and friends together, and catch a show.
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