Shadowbox Easton: The Naked Truth [Review].
I am compelled to share the experience I had at the Shadowbox one week ago. Before I go any further, I should explain that I have been to the Shadowbox numerous times, both in their older downtown and their Easton locations. I've been entertained every time...except this last time.
We arrived last Saturday early enough to get a table close to the band. The group included my wife and close friends of ours. Just minutes before the show was to start, a group of four women were seated at the table to the left of us (right at the front left corner of the theater). It wasn't five minutes into the show that we realized these women had had way too much to drink. They were literally having their own conversation throughout the skits (LOUDLY), singing obnoxiously along with the band, and being an incredible disruption to everyone who sat around them. Finally, I decided to say something. The drunkest one then came over to my table and proceeded to get in my face. She stated that I was rude, which I found amazingly ironic since I was essentially calling out *their* extreme rudeness. I waited until intermission and went to talk to the gentlemen who was working the door. I stated that there were a group of women who were acting rude and disrupting the enjoyment of the show for many people, including me. The guy seemed to take my complaint very seriously, asking precisely where these women were sitting. I pointed it out on a seating chart, and he said he would take care of it.
Second half of the show starts, and I am waiting for justice to arrive. The group of drunks became even more loud, going so far as to take flash photography (which was expressly forbidden at the outset of the program). I watched as two other people around me get up to complain about these women. I even tapped two of them on the shoulder to confirm that they had indeed complained about this group, which by now had ruined everyone's time at the show.
And here's the rub: Shadowbox Live did *nothing* about this, even amidst the numerous complaints they received. I am pretty sure that this group of women were familiar to the cast, as a few of them came up to chit chat with them during the second half.
I approached Steve Guyer personally after the show and told him in stark terms how disappointed I was about Shadowbox's lack of action. There is no doubt that those women should have been thrown out of the show. Instead, Shadowbox Live allowed them to ruin the night for at least 10-15 people, including my own party. Steve *seemed* concerned, so he had one of the Shadowbox performers take my name and number. As of today (one week later), I have received no call from Shadowbox. It doesn't matter anyway - Shadowbox cannot make up for the complete lack of professionalism they exhibited I witnessed on January 15th.
I just thought all of you should know, as I am beyond disgusted by this incident and am still incredulous as to how a professional troupe in Columbus can show such lack of class.
I spoke with Katy today from Shadowbox. First let me state that it appears I did not receive either of Katy's messages. I appreciate that she reached out and believe Shadowbox has adequately addressed my concerns. I still regret that our night was ruined by a bunch of drunk jerks, but I intend to see a Shadowbox show again when they move downtown.
Nightmare at Shadowbox / Back to the Garden.
Nightmare at Shadowbox
This Fall Shadowbox Live turns tricks and treats into fright night with it’s newest theme Nightmare at Shadowbox. Original sketch comedy and live rock ‘n’ roll will give you thrills, chills, and a glimpse into the dream scape we call nightmares.
Thursdays – Saturdays, September 2nd – November 13th
Back to the Garden
Shadowbox Live takes a look at the most famous concert in history with Back to the Garden, a musical journey through the Woodstock festival.
Follow New York Times reporter Rodney Benton as he tries to report on the meaning behind the masses, madness and, of course, the music. Featuring songs by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane and more. “Back to the Garden” brings the music to life while showing half a million kids on a farm helped prove that peace was possible.
Sundays until November 28th
(whew, I'm done) ;)
Spring Fling. When the snows melt away and the long winter draws to an end, cabin fever gives way to Spring Fling, Shadowbox's newest show. The birds and the bees aren't the only creatures feelin' frisky. Fresh sketch comedy and vibrant rock 'n' roll celebrate life, love, and laughter. Spring Fling opens Thurs, March 25th and plays every Thurs at 7:30pm and Fri/Sat at 7:30 and 10:30pm until June 5th, 2010. Tix are $20 - $30. Call (614) 416-7625 for reservations.
The best!. My husband and I try to make it to every show the Shadowbox puts on and we always have an awesome time!
Editorial Review. Racy cabaret extravaganza mixes sketch comedy with live rock covers. Drinks and bistro-style food prepared and served by the performers.
Humorous. Absolutely the best time in Columbus. Hilarious show, great staff, wonderful atmosphere!
Night of laughs!. Unless you are really conservative there is no way you cannot enjoy a night out at the Shadowbox. The comedy is funny. The music is great. The food can be a bit expencive, but that doesn't matter when they call you back with great ticket offers! I've gone countless times and every time is a blast!
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