Swan song at the Crystal Palace? | AspenTimes.com

Swan song at the Crystal Palace?

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/Aspen Times Weekly

ASPEN ” Dinner theater doesn’t necessarily have the greatest reputation for either dinner or theater. For a half-century, Aspen’s Crystal Palace has been raising the bar on both sides.

The entertainment has always taken chances, with hilarious satiric sketches about current politics, religion and culture; the current season includes a jab at the Pope, for his comments about bombing in the Middle East, and the need for more gays in the military.

In comparison, the menu is more risk-averse, but dishes like onion soup gratinee and loin of elk are bound to please even the most skeptical. (And the dessert menu makes for a fabulous finale.)

Alas, diners/theatergoers better get their eats and laughs now. The building has been sold, and even if this isn’t curtains for the Palace, it is for Mead Metcalf, who founded the institution in 1957. Metcalf has announced that, whatever the future of Aspen’s renowned dinner theater, this is his last season at the piano.

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