This review concerns the Mystery Dinner Playhouse "Death by Disco" at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Williamsburg. The short version of this review: Facilities that are poorly managed, mediocre food, and mediocre acting make a truly awful combination. First, the facility: A very plain, undecorated dining room. Bathrooms that were supposed to service the dining room were out of order, so you had to go to the front desk, get a key card, and traipse through the hotel to an unoccupied guest room to use the facilities. No liquor license currently issued for this facility, therefore no alcohol can be served. The food and dining "experience": No soft drinks, because the hotel allegedly hadn't received a delivery that day. (How hard can it be to get off your lazy butt and go buy a case or two of Cokes?) Water, iced tea and coffee were served. No glasses were made available for the tea, and they ran out of coffee during the dessert. Food was far worse than I've had in Army mess halls. It started with a tasteless soup made from the same canned vegetables that were served as a side dish for one of the entrees. The salad was limp iceberg lettuce with some cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. We had the vegetarian pasta, an overcooked noodle and cheese dish with some bottled marinara sauce poured on the plate as an afterthought. The fish entree choice was a slab of deep-fried flounder and some french fries, exactly like you would get at a fast-food restaurant. Dessert was a pretty good sheet cake and the only bright spot in a miserable dining experience. The acting: I've seen high school productions nearly as good. In summary, if you want to pay $39 a person to have a bad meal and watch crappy entertainment, this is the event for you. Otherwise, AVOID AVOID AVOID.
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