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"5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" at The SoHo Playhouse

L to R: Thea Lux, Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, and Maari Suorsa
“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”
Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
Directed by Sarah Gitenstein
Reviewed by Joseph Verlezza
Theatre Reviews Limited

The New Colony’s production of “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche,” now playing at the SoHo Playhouse, is a fun and frolicking farce with delightful and serious undertones. Its themes relate to current political and social issues and make for an enjoyable 70 minutes of good theater. The metaphors and innuendoes abound and are as vivid and colorful as the cast of characters gathered for the annual Quiche Breakfast of The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. Though deliciously irreverent at times, the play is not offensive or harmful but evokes provocative humor that is well conceived and well delivered.

It is 1956 during the McCarthy era and the heightened fear of communism and the atomic bomb has prompted the “five widows” of the Society to take appropriate defensive action under the stalwart direction of Buildings and Grounds Chairman, “Vern,” played competently with strong conviction by Thea Lux. Events Chairwoman Wren Robin, unabashedly played by Megan Johns, has proficiently taken care of every detail including nametags assigning each member of the audience a woman’s name, welcoming them as members of the Society. Leading the agenda for the evening is President Lulie Stanwyck inhabited by Rachel Farmer with style and flair, complete with an incubating secret that will affect the future of this clever clan. Maari Suorsa lends her talents to Historian Dale Prist with astute care to record the highlights and pivotal events with the camera strapped around her neck by a lanyard matching her floral print breakfast frock. She will soon become a posthumous hero, remembered for her attempt to save the abundance of quiche threatened by the fall of an atomic bomb. It is Caitlin Chuckta as the embracing, proper English tart Ginny Cadbury who steals the show with her ravishing quiche eating frenzy. The cast is competent and well versed in physical and vocal comedy, and are equally impressive singularly or as an ensemble.

The issues addressed in “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” are just as relevant today as they were in the fifties, perhaps more so, including the concerns of woman’s equality, gay rights, bullying and social acceptance. Woman creating a secret society attesting to be widows in order to conceal being lesbians still rings true in many countries throughout the world today including the United States. When the five lesbians finally attain the courage to admit their identity, male members of the audience are asked to chime out “I am a Lesbian,” a hysterical yet powerful moment reminding us that we are all the same. We are human beings, people living in difficult trying times that need to accept and support each other.

This is a well structured, over the top farce that is played with utmost flair and comedic ability: it is fast paced and written with thought and intelligence. It is not for the conservative theatergoer but if you are looking for an entertaining, refreshing and cutting edge romp, treat yourself and become a member of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein for at least one evening. Chances are, you will want to return for a second taste.

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

The New Colony Production of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” is presented by John Pinckard and Solo Playhouse, Inc. Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Directred by Sarah Gitenstein. Set Design by Kevin McClintock. Costume Design by Nathan R. Rohrer. Lighting Design by Nicholas J. Carroll. Sound Design by Gary Tiedemann.

WITH: Caitlin Chuckta (Ginny Cadbury, Secretary), Rachel Farmer (Lulie Stanwyck, President), Megan Johns (Wren Robin, Events Chairwoman), Thea Lux (Veronica “Vern” Schultz, Buildings and Grounds Chairman), and Maari Suorsa (Dale Prist, Historian).

“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” will play on the SoHo Playhouse Mainstage, 15 Vandam (between Varick Street and 6th Avenue) Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. from October 13 to November 20. Tickets are $50 for premium seats and $40 for general seats. For tickets please visit: www.SoHoPlayhouse.com
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