There's more than the beach and bars to entertain adults in Ocean City. The night life may not be quite that of Baltimore or Washington, but with dinner theaters, comedy clubs and one-man shows there are plenty of attractions to delight an evening crowd.
If you're planning a night out, it's best to make reservations and to arrive early. The comedy shows at the Princess Royale attract sold-out crowds. And as peak vacation season hits, the crowds have become larger at other events.
The night life gets going almost as soon as beachgoers leave the surf and sand. Dinner theaters, for example, begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.
By 9 p.m., things are in high gear as comedians take the stage at Slapstix Comedy Club at the Princess Royale and productions of Broadway shows kick off at the Parker Playhouse at the Carousel Hotel.
For those who can last past 11 p.m., there's a second comedy show at the Princess Royale and an Elvis impersonator, with a backup band, who takes the stage at Jordan's Rooftop.
The entertainment may not match that of the big city, but whether it's a play or a comedy club, the night out will be far less expensive.
We've been out and about during the past week and here's a sampling of what we enjoyed:
We first spotted Elvis playing miniature golf somewhere around 145th Street. From a distance, the resemblance seemed uncanny and he attracted the attention of passers-by on Coastal Highway.
"Elvis," Mike El, will perform Thursday to Saturday at Jordan's Rooftop restaurant and lounge, 13801 Coastal Highway. Dressed typical 1970s Elvis garb, Mr. El does an entertaining impersonation of the King. His show features some of Elvis' biggest hits, including respectable covers and "Burning Love." His repertoire also includes "Johnny B. Goode," "Little Sister" and "C.C. Rider."
He mingles with the audience, sitting on a lap here to croon a love song and kneeling there to sing a ballad. The show lasts about 45 minutes.
Elvis appears at 10:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday at Jordan's. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (410) 250-1TOP.
The Commander Boardwalk Cabaret Dinner Theater's "Little Shop of Horrors" makes for an entertaining and memorable evening.
You're probably familiar with the story of a fast-growing plant with a voracious appetite that devours victims as the cast sings catchy '60s tunes. The dinner theater's production by John B. Lynch Jr. is smart and entertaining.
The evening is made more pleasurable by the cast, which is also the wait staff before the show and during intermission.
The menu doesn't disappoint, either. Entrees, drinks and desserts are named after famous show tunes. A few favorites include "Show Boat," prime rib, and "A Chorus Line," a 12-ounce New York Strip Steak.
Dessert, which is served during intermission, includes a Heath Bar crunch pie, and everything sounds appetizing, including "Sweet Charity," fresh strawberries with Devonshire cream.
The Commander Boardwalk Cabaret Dinner Theater's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" runs Tuesdays to Saturdays through Aug. 29. Dinner seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 for the show. Dinner entrees cost $10.50 to $18.95. For more information call, (410) 289-6166.
The Princess Royale last week kicked off its F. Scott Black's Dinner Theater, featuring the female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple."
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The buffet opens at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.95, which includes the buffet. For more information, call (410) 524-2544.
The Parker Playhouse, well-known for its children's theater, also stages live productions of Broadway shows.
A musical review, "The American Dream," runs Mondays; Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and a one-man show, "Theodore Roosevelt: The Strenuous Life," runs Fridays.
All shows begin at 9 p.m. in the Delaware Room of the Carousel Hotel, 118th Street and the ocean. Tickets are $10 and $8 for adults, depending on the show.
Reservations are recommended. For more information, call (410)
Everyone needs a laugh -- even at the beach. Slapstix Comedy Club at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel and Conference ** Center, 92nd Street, is a good place to start.
The lineup of comedians changes weekly. We were lucky enough to catch Basile, a veteran of television, radio and comedy clubs, whose show was held over by popular demand.
Slapstix Comedy Club runs through mid-September. Upcoming comedians include Trip Wingfield, Ian Geofand, Mackabee, Tuesday to next Sunday; and John McDowell and John O'Connell, Aug. 18-23.
Tickets are $10. You must be 18 years or older with valid I.D. to enter the club. There is a two-drink minimum.
Shows begin at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, call (410) 723-LAFF.