Snow Outside, Dinner Theater Inside
January 2011 by John Watters, Barnstable Patriot
It's amazing you hear people say there is nothing to do on Cape Cod in the winter. The Catania Group’s Cape Codder Resort and Spa on Route 132 in Hyannis has something to squash that theory: the return of its annual winter series of entertainment that ranges from standup to magic, mentalists’ audience participation shows, and much more. You don’t have to go to Boston to enjoy dinner and a show all rolled into one.
On Jan. 22, you’re invited to the 40th birthday party of one of Boston's top crime bosses in the audience-participation murder mystery The Mobfather. While you’re enjoying your dinner the lights go out and somebody gets shot. Nobody leaves until they get their just desserts.
The following week on Jan. 29, Comedy on the Road makes its first stop of the season. New headliners, including those who’ve made the late-night TV circuit, are on the roster. Be forewarned: some of the material won’t be suitable for youngsters. Comedy on the Road returns Feb. 26, March 4, and April 2, 8, and 30.
In February, prepare to be amazed by Magic by Dave on the 18th. One of Boston's leading magicians, his act is said to feature “high energy, witty comedy and mind-blowing miracles.” Dave will rematerialize at the Cape Codder on April 15.
Feb. 19 marks the return of illusionist Jason Bishop to the Emerald Room stage. His stage surprises are complemented by comedy and music. Bishop will be back April 16.
March, the month of St. Patrick, will bring a distinct Irish flavor to the entertainment. On the 12th, be prepared to cry with laughter at Finnegan's Wake, an interactive Celtic comedy show. Help console the grieving widow with food and drink, sing along with the tender ballads, or jump up and join a Irish Reel, Get your tickets early for this one.
Does mentalist Jon Stetson already know that you’re attending his show on March 19? Experience what this “intuitionist” describes as “the power and the connection between Mind, Mirth, and Mystery.”
If you still have some Irish in you on March 26, you’re sure to enjoy O'Malley's/Enchanté Cabaret. The show feature live music and 20 of your favorite Irish melodies plus Broadway and pop songs. The setting is downtown New York, where O'Malley's widow reviews her life as a pub owner.
They probably have another gig on April Fools’ Day, but on April 9, The World Gone Crazy Band brings together comedy and music in a unique form of audience participation. Would you believe Jim Morrison of The Doors singing nursery rhymes?
Come May bathing suit season is just around the corner, and The Cape Codder has just the right fitness regimen planned May 7 with Laughing at the Losing Game. The show is hosted by Gary Marino, who starred in the movie Million Calorie March. Comedians Tom Brisco and John Turco join Marino in promising to “turn calories into punch lines.”
The dinner and show package, which includes a buffet meal, costs $45; packages including an overnight at the Resort start at $110. Call 888-297-2200 for reservations.