With sexual orientation sensitivity, in a politically-correct era, and during Pride month, I laughed at lesbians! Not a nervous chuckle. Not a side snicker. I laughed my ass off at lesbians. The New Colony presents the world premiere of the full-length production of 5 LESBIANS EATNG A QUICHE. In 1956, The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein gather for their annual quiche-off. Seventy-one widows have gathered in a community hall to pay homage to their favorite delicacy. The club is dealing with traditional issues: ineffective members, recent refurbishment and nuclear annihilation. When a siren signals a homeland threat, the sisterhood unites and divides over secrets and a prize-winning quiche. 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is hilarity multiplied by 5! READ ON OR LISTEN to Audio Podcast at ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of July 1st Narrated by Joshua Volkers.
Finally, we have the answer to why “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche.” It’s because quiche is is about satisfying the ladies. Quiche is made from eggs. And ‘An egg is as close to the Lord Jesus as food can get.‘ Who knew? Obviously, The New Colony did. Their recipe for producing a delicious dish starts with a lot of chefs in the kitchen. New Colony is all about collaboration. This particular homegrown specialty started as a mini quiche in Sketchbook X. After winning for Best Devised Play and Best Female Performer (Mary Hollis Inboden), New Colony took the 15-minute production back into the test kitchen to develop a hearty, meal-size version. The results are baked to gut-busting perfection. Although The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein embrace a ‘no men, no meat‘ policy, New Colony is a little more broad-minded. Playwrights Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood are enlisted to create a sustainable crust to solidify all that eggy goodness. Still, the show is about the ladies! So, under the direction of Sarah Gitenstein, the five key ingredients are ensembled onstage! The combination is delectable! Inboden (Lulie) presides with a feisty authority and stellar comedic timing. Even with just one well-placed ‘NEXT!,’ Inboden cracks the audience up! Not only do Megan Johns (Wren) and Beth Stelling (Vern) nail their verbal punchlines, they zing in their contrasting physicality. Johns is girlie, optimistic cheerleader-type. Stelling is masculine, tough, military- saluting broad. A reserved Thea Lux (Ginny) goes after quiche with amusing zest. In a scene stealing soliloquy, Maari Suorsa brilliantly mimics a childhood memory. WOW! This ensemble is like having breakfast with five stand-up comics. Egg-cellent! What’s funnier than funny? 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE! I know it sounds like a joke but I’m serious! I can’t stop laughing at these lesbians. It sounds politically-incorrect and really it is. But The New Colony encourages — no FORCES— me to see the humor in the ladies that munch. I will never bite into a quiche again without a sisterly giggle. With The Homosexuals in Lincoln Park and lesbians in Lincoln Square, Chicago is geographically-covered for a gay ole summer! Always wanting the meatless quiche, Jen describes it with ‘colorful, comical & creative.’
Running Time: Sixty-five minutes with no intermission
At Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western
Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
Directed by Sarah Gitenstein
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thru August 13th
Production photography courtesy of Anne Petersen.