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Capones Dinner and Show

Capone’s Dinner and Show

Hidden away behind an unassuming ice cream parlor in the middle of Kissimmee’s tourist strip is a real surprise — an honest to goodness Prohibition-era speakeasy! The year is 1930 and the location Chicago. You have found your way to the hideout of the legendary Al Capone.

Your current life begins to fall away the moment you arrive at the ticket booth. Upon receiving your tickets, you will be instructed to approach the secret door and give the password. As you wait in line outside, waiters appear to warm up the crowd. It is then that you begin to realize just what is in store.

Capone’s offers audience participation at its finest. A small and intimate venue allows the personalization often lacking in the large arena shows. Prepare to become part of the show, even if only as fodder for jokes if you wear your tourist best.

Gradually you will make your way to the front of the line and discover the reason for the delay. Hope you were paying attention at the ticket booth, because your party will need to approach the secret door and follow the earlier instructions. If you fail to knock three times or give the password you will be denied entrance. Fortunately for you, you are given unlimited opportunities to get it right, unlike at the real speakeasies where an incorrect password could have meant a gunfight!

Once inside, you will find yourself in a 1930s style nightclub. A large stage competes for your attention with the wisecracking wait staff, all of whom have suitably gangster names. Dinner is served buffet style, but the wait staff does a wonderful job of keeping your glass refilled. Seating is mostly at long communal tables, making it easy to get to know your fellow guests.

The buffet contains a fairly extensive array of traditional Italian dishes as well as a few American selections. Vegetarian choices are limited, although the vegetarian lasagna is highly recommended. Dessert is Mama Capone’s secret brownie surprise.

A surprisingly long list of beverage choices are included with your admission, all offering unlimited refills. In addition to coffee, iced tea and sodas you may select draft beer, sangria, or even rum runners. There is also a cash bar available if none of the above are to your liking.

The show is basically a continuation of the interactive comedy that was started outside by your waiters and continued throughout serving. Madcap gangsters and gun molls take to the stage for a song and dance revue that draws heavily from such influences as Guys and Dolls and any number of gangster movies.

The overall plot line revolves around two pairs of lovers and the trials and tribulations faced by both. Large doses of irreverent humor are injected throughout the show, and this is a show that definitely works best with a great audience. So feel free to cut loose, get into character and have a wonderful time. Just be aware that if you go a bit heavy on the free alcohol, your drunken ramblings will provide free fodder for the cast.

Capone’s is probably not the best dinner show choice for the shy or inhibited. Certain personality types would probably not be comfortable even knocking three times and giving the password, let alone being a part of an audience interactive show. If you are uncomfortable making a fool of yourself in front of strangers, you may want to bypass this show in favor of a larger arena show in which you will be more anonymous.

However, if you are like to be in the middle of the action, Capone’s offers a fun and exciting departure from the more impersonal arena shows. Despite the inherently silly nature, the show is quite well done by extremely talented performers. They are aware of the particular conditions involved in interactive theater and understand where to draw the line on audience interactions.

The food is of particular note as well. Too often, dinner shows focus on the “show” side to the point of neglecting the “dinner” side. Dinner show food is often less than spectacular, churned out in industrial kitchens in large quantities and designed to be reasonably palatable to the masses. The food at Capone’s however, perhaps owing to the smaller size of the venue, is surprisingly good.

Capone’s Dinner and Show is reasonably priced at full price. However, Capone’s offers a number of deals that turn an already good ticket price into a real steal. Check on Capone’s website at alcapones.com for the frequently offered 50% off deal. That’s 50% off of everyone in your party, making Capone’s likely the least expensive dinner show in Orlando. If you are unable to access the website or the half-price deal is not currently offered, be sure to inquire about other deals as well. Florida resident and AAA discounts may be in effect at the time of your visit. Children’s tickets are also available for ages 4 to 12, while ages 3 and under are free.

Capone’s Dinner and Show is well worth a visit. Madcap gangster humor, a fun song and dance show, and a true Italian feast combine to make Capone’s well worth the price of admission. The frequently offered ticket discounts make Capone’s especially affordable.

Capone’s encourages you to celebrate holidays and special events with them. From Thanksgiving to New Years Eve Capone’s offers a special holiday show, and New Years Eve is extra special with a champagne toast at midnight. Wedding proposals, engagement parties, family reunions and other events can easily be worked into the night’s festivities. Just tell the reservations operator what you are celebrating.