IBJ A&E Season Preview Video: The Beef & Boards survival guide

October 3, 2012
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At the IBJ A&E Season Preview event on Sept. 19, Beef & Boards head honcho Doug Stark talked about play selection, show turnover, and why he's had to take away some tables.

Didn't make it? That's why we have video:

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  • Beef & Boards
    Opened in 1973 and still serving the same terrible food. Maybe if they hired a chef with the high priced ticket revenue, they would increase attendance.
    • Reply to jme
      While the food is definitley not gormet, it is decent considering the price and that it is buffet food. I have loved every experience there and go more for the entertainment rather than the food.
    • food is fine
      Disagree with jme completely about the food. Nothing gourmet, of course, but perfectly acceptable. When was the last time you went?
    • comforting mood
      I get why it is easy for some people to make fun of Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, but I like it. Sometimes it is just so lovely to not have to eat dinner in a rush and then rush to find parking again before a show. The food, although admittedly unadventurous, is always as fresh as possible for a buffet and always tastes fine to me because someone else shopped for it, prepped it, cooked it, served it, and will clean up afterwards. I love the Beef and Boards rituals, too, including the choosing of a dessert from the server's display tray to have with coffee at intermission, and the applauding of whoever is celebrating a birthday or anniversary during the curtain talk. The shows themselves are always polished and fun, too. I think of Beef and Boards as "comfort food and comfort theatre," which is exactly what I want, sometimes. I'm glad it is available to me here in Indianapolis along with places like the Indiana Repertory Theatre (where I go when I want to feel swanky) and the Phoenix Theatre (where I go when I want to feel socially conscious or bohemian) and others. Hope Baugh - Indy Theatre Habit
    • Lousy Experience
      I went there with mom last year to see Cinderella. The show was great, from what little I could see. We were at the top level and placed at the end of another group's table. That was pretty awkward. And the group wasn't at all accommodating in allowing us to see the stage. We had to keep moving our bodies around as the adults and kids kept playing musical chairs. The food was mediocre, at best, and the server never bothered with a drink refill of any sort. For the amount we paid, I was highly disappointed and I doubt I'll return. I'm surprised they've lasted this long.
    • Love this place!
      This is our favorite place to go! We love the food and have never had bad service. We have been going for years - we have probably been well over 100 times. I can't believe anyone could complain about the food, service, or performances. Some people are just way too picky I guess.

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