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Drama in the workplace

Dinner theater is something that's big in certain parts of the country, like Branson, Mo., south Florida and the Midwest. It is not a particularly common thing in the Northeast.

So when the opportunity presented itself to take a drive to Lake George and spend an evening with the folks at the Lake George Dinner Theatre, I was intrigued. The theater is located in The Holiday Inn in Lake George, and the evening begins with dinner, about an hour and 45 minutes before the show. Tables hold six or eight, and you can bring your own group or chat with other theater lovers over dinner.

Seated at our table were two couples, one a gregarious outgoing gentleman and his guest who made immediate friends with our ebullient waiter, Stefan; the second was the director of housekeeping at the Holiday Inn and his wife, who informed us that the Turf Corp. (owners of the hotel) gave their employees and guest the option for an evening of dinner theater each season. Kudos to them for offering a very nice perk.

The menu and show are a prix-fixe package with four entrees, from which you choose when you make your reservation. The meals include salad, rolls, veggies, potatoes, dessert and coffee. The food was suprisingly good. Salads were fresh and cold, the rolls warm, and the entrees tasty, generously sized, served hot and prepared as requested. The two dessert options were good (the cheesecake) and excellent (chocolate cake with caramel sauce). The evening was off to a promising start.

The show is Richard Strand's Power Play, a corporate comedy. Set in Chicago, on the 20th floor of the corporate office of Hellas Inc., a fictional company that we never learn anything about, three characters vie for a chance to fill a slot made vacant by the untimely demise of one of their superiors. Through the use of their wiles, brains and ability to connive, cajole and coerce the others, they maneuver for the chance to get the big promotion and the coveted corner office.

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