Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the press performance of the critically-acclaimed production of "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" at The Chopin Theatre. The show, co-written by Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder, has returned to Chicago after a successful run in New York, where it won the Best Overall Production award at the New York International Fringe Festival.
When you walk into the theater, you are immediately taken back to the 1950s cold war era when everyone was in constant fear of a Russian invasion. Regardless though of the potential for any invasion, the annual quiche breakfast of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein must go on.
Now, it will come as no surprise that these fine upstanding "widows", as they call themselves, are prepared for the atom bomb to fall on them at any time. Using their handy skills, they have turned their church basement meeting space into a safe haven for themselves and their audience, which play a rather large part of the quiche breakfast.
With their safe haven ready, they are prepared to repopulate the world once everyone, including all the men, are obliterated by the atom bomb. The realization of how this re-population will take place is one of the funniest theater performance you will find on stage these days.
That is not meant to discount any of the show prior to this realization, because the entire audience was laughing from the beginning to the end of this fantastic production. Of course, how could you not laugh a group of widows who abide by the motto of "no men, no meat, all manners"?
Director Sarah Gitenstein, along with the cast of Kate Carson-Groner, Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, and Thea Lux, have done a wonderful job of putting on quality theater in a setting that took me back to more of a Southern Sunday Social than a Chicago theater basement. I love a show that can make me forget I'm in a theater watching people perform.
Personally, not to take away from the fabulous work of any of the other performers, but the faces that Megan Johns can come up with had me laughing more than anything else. For some reason, every time I looked at her, I saw a young Jenna Elfman on stage.
Fortunately, you can judge Megan for yourself because anyone can catch the entire cast live on stage at The Chopin Theatre from now until June 8. Tickets range from $15 - $40, and can be purchased at the door or by clicking here.
Once you go, please be sure to let me know what you think!
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