A Review

A Review

Craig Diamond brought the house down in the latest performance of the Pine Bluff Dinner Theatre. Diamond was dynamic, engaging and definitely energetic. Clocked in outrageous humor and wrapped in delightful mystery, this world class performer was a sensation. With a, “You ain’t seen nothing yet” attitude he kept the audience so entertained with his hilarious banter and amazing magic that the show seemed to end before it began. Even during the technical difficulties, lights going off, his showmanship made it seem like part of the act.

Diamond, a master magician/comedian who has performed on seven continents, a myriad of television shows, night clubs and cruise ships – laterally to millions of people, turned almost all his situations into short comic master pieces. His watch illusion of making Sissy Jones’s diamond Rolex disappear and reappear in a locked box was a tour de force of comedy and magic.

Harry Stepps, the famous comedian and Vaudeville performer, coined the term for a starring act, “Top Banana.” Craig Diamond was the, “Top Banana,” to play in Pine Bluff so far.

Dr. and Mrs. Don Lum said of the show, “Impressive, marvelous and wonderfully entertaining.”

George Walker said, “Great, amazing and fun.”

“Exceeded our expectations,” said Phil and Mary McBee.

The evening started with host Jack Stradley introducing a new cocktail, The Black Velvet. He saluted Helen Campbell of George A. Campbell and Sons, Distributor of fine imported beers, for the introduction of this drink. Black Velvet was first introduced in 1861 at the Brook’s Club in London upon the death of Prince Albert. Guinness Draught is one of the prime ingredients of the cocktail.

Watching Dr. Robert Painton, our gentlemen’s butler prepare his spirits is an act in itself. Wearing formal clothing he exudes correct protocol. To help celebrate the black velvet spirits, Mary Finnie the hostess of the dinner theatre wore a black ensemble of Victorian elegance. In fact Priscilla Ferguson and Tina Rodgers were looking quite fetching in Indian influenced outfits.

Chef Jamie, where Bananas are his business among other ingredients, conjured up a scrumptious dinner of roasted (boneless) chicken breast with a herbed chantilly cream, gnocchi and sautéed spring veggies and dessert of delectable strawberry lemon crepes. His dinners are scrumptious!

Oriental themed melodies served as dinner background music. The ballroom was swayed in atmospheric colors of reds, amber and lavender. A red and yellow Spring floral theme was carried out in the beautiful tablescapes by Diane Crowder of Crowder Designs.

It was a wonderful, fun filled evening with a world class entertainer. Craig Diamond to you from all of us, Thanks for the Memory.

OTTC is a not for profit organization that sponsors Pine Bluff’s only professionally acclaimed Dinner Theatre. Moderate pricing for dinner and show are $45.00 per person which includes the gratuities. The shows are geared for adults and older teenagers. The dress code at the club is casual, but conservative when in doubt. It is dinning from fine to fun. For information call (870) 535-2646 or visit our website www.pbdtheatre.com.