Shaken Not Stirred

Inviting Mark Siano to entertain guests in the Pampas Room initially seems akin to asking a kid to sit at the adult’s table. The man is best known for his cornball ’80s-inspired shows at Re-bar and Chop Suey, including The Soft Rock Kid. But he comes off more like Dean Martin than Lionel Richie as the host of Shaken Not Stirred. The new variety show—with four-course meal—features Siano and a cast including comedic actor David Swidler, singer Joanna Hardie, and burlesque dancer Agent Rhinestone. Admittedly, it’s expensive. But it’s also three hours of sleek entertainment, the highlight being a hilarious tune bemoaning the effects of technology on dating, “Leave Your Phone Alone.” You’d be wise to heed his advice, lest you want your date to jab you with her elbow mid-song. (21 and over.) ERIKA HOBART

Sat., April 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 24, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 8, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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