Anna Holloway review: The best quiche in town
From time to time, the talented folks at the Boom supper club and bar put on some great theater, woven among their also great drag shows and fun parodies of cult TV. This month, the production of “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” serves up some of the sharpest satire this side of the duck-and-cover movement. Written in 2011 by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, the play is classified as experimental. It might be considered absurdist; it sends up misogyny, sexism, fear of communists, lesbians and breakfast — to name a only a few of its targets.
Set in 1956, the members of The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are meeting in the basement of the community center for their annual quiche breakfast. All of them are single women — "widows" — who love “the egg” and its many culinary incarnations. The sudden occurrence of an air-raid — a nuclear attack — forces them to re-evaluate their situation.
This biting satire was delivered by a powerhouse cast of some of the most talented comedic actresses in OKC. Director Brett Alan Young has wisely resisted any temptation that might have existed to use drag performers in the show; this production elevated the work of five great women in a truly ensemble performance.
The Boom performance room was a perfect setting for this show; the audience served as the "membership" of the S.B.A.S.f.t.S.o.G.S., while the officers — the cast of the show — conducted the meeting and responded to the various emergencies — great and small — that inevitably occurred. The setting and the action brought the audience inside the absurd delusions that conservatives in the 1950s — and perhaps even today? — envisioned about our Soviet antagonists.
Veronica "Vern" Schultz (Courtney Hahne) is the Building and Grounds chair, who has thoughtfully prepared the community center basement as a bomb shelter. Ginny Cadbury (Erin Heatley) is the secretary, a newer member who is still finding her way. Dale Prist (Jodi Nestander) is the Historian who has found some vintage photos for the center, and Wren Robin (Kara Chapman) is the Events chair who plans things and wants attention for it. All are under the sway of Lulie Stanwick (Rebecca McCauley), the President, who rules over them and their branches with an iron breakfast fork.
All five women delivered the goods. Heatley gave us an impressionable and intelligent youngster, and Chapman portrayed Wren as a very likable self-centered beauty queen. Hahne’s Vern was a capably self-sufficient woman with heart of gold, and Nestander’s Dale was a slightly naïve and unexpectedly gallant people-pleaser. Towering emotionally over them all, McCauley’s Lulie was the dominant force for much of the show, until a sudden moment of vulnerability threw a tiny wrench into the best laid plans. The entire group plays off of one another with skill and gusto, delivering a strong and often hysterical piece of theater — often directly into the audience’s laps.
“5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” plays Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through May 11. Make the time to see this show!
The Boom is at 2218 NW 39 St. in Oklahoma City, just south of I-44 and a bit west of Pennsylvania. The club serves dinner starting at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Boom’s excellent kitchen serves up a varied albeit limited menu of appetizers and entrees (including a quiche); there is always a specialized dessert, and the full bar is well-tended. There is no better place for an evening of dinner and theater in the metropolitan area. Tickets are available via Ticketstorm through a link on www.theboomokc.com.