Date Night is back at opera house

Apr 12, 2017
Cher and Nicolas Cage (standing at left) get the romantic leads, but “Moonstruck” also offers a cavalcade of character actors.

Camden — The Date Night evening originally scheduled for April 7 is back Friday, April 21, at the Camden Opera House. A boiler breakdown necessitated the postponement, but the downtown venue should be toasty as a romantic evening should be.

The new Date Night series combines, live and film comedy, good eats and drink. The $5 show tickets — which include free truffle popcorn from The Vintage Room — go on sale at 6:30 p.m., as does Fireside Lounge pizza, craft beer and wine in the Tucker Room. The auditorium doors open at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., resident comedian Erin Donovan will kick off the night with a mini-set on relationships because, she said, “without some laughter, date night is just two people wondering what they’re missing on Netflix.”

The sassy romance will continue onscreen at 7:45 p.m. with “Moonstruck” (1987, USA), rated PG and running 103 minutes. When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen … and everything does in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives, loves and works. Cher and Nicolas Cage have a ball in this ethnic comedy of manners, and there are moments of pure magic when moonlight does its romantic work. This now-classic romantic comedy won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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