Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a Pennsylvania Dutch–style dinner buffet and one ticket to see The Pirates of Penzance at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre in Lorton, Virginia (a $41.95 value on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, or a $44.95 value on Saturday). This Groupon is valid for shows from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6. Doors open for seating and cocktails (not included with this Groupon) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday, and the show starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre satisfies appetites for dramatic and comestible sustenance alike with professional performances of great stage works accompanied by delicious fare. This season, the troupe performs Gilbert and Sullivan's well-loved comedic operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. The story follows Frederic, a young pirate's apprentice charged with the task of defending his true love and her sisters from the same band of lecherous vagabonds for whom he works. Frederic makes a vow to rid the girls of their newfound suitors, but is hindered by his contractual obligation to stay with the band until his 21st birthday, an agreement that, because of a leap-year birthday, has him in servile hock until for another 63 years. Audiences hum and toe-tap Morse code lyrics along to ear-tickling show tunes, including the instantly recognizable "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
Enjoy this production while dining from a Pennsylvania Dutch–style buffet that entices taste buds with entrees of roast beef, chicken, fish, and homemade desserts. Coffee, tea, and tax are included with this Groupon, although gratuity and foam fingers are not. A cash bar is also available on site to satisfy any libational longings.
Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre
When Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre's doors open for each evening's performance, guests are greeted and escorted to their tables where they can order cocktails. Then, with thirsts parched and pocket watches swinging, they move onward to a hot buffet of made-from-scratch Pennsylvania Dutch dishes, including breads, roast beef, chicken, fish, and housemade desserts. But sweets aren't the only treat here. After dessert, the curtain opens to family-friendly Broadway-style shows that incite laughter, explore American history, or challenge theatergoers to discern which actors are real ghosts. And to tie the dinner and show together even tighter, the performers are the same people pouring the coffee. DC Metro Theater Arts notes that "the warm ambiance found at The Lazy Susan is indeed half of the fun of going."