Review: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
Madeleine Dale | On 11, Feb 2015
Prepare to be pulled into the world of the Susan B Anthony Society For The Sisters of Gertrude Stein, as 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche makes its Australian premiere. Set against the looming threat of Communist attack, and more importantly, the Societyâ€™s annual quiche breakfast, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a bold, brazen and altogether detectable comedy that brings new meaning to the word â€˜foodgasmâ€™.
Imprint Theatricals, the production company behind the play, are newcomers to the Brisbane scene. However, such a fine addition to the Powerhouseâ€™s MELT festival proves they have the taste and the talent to become a real contender. It is certainly no small boon to bring off a successful Australian premiere for a debut production; indeed, I left Visy Theatre feeling faintly as though I owed a debt of gratitude to Imprint for bringing Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche out from Chicago.
The show itself is both shamelessly funny and genuinely affecting, with non-stop innuendo and seriously inappropriate quiche eating technique set against truly interesting and sympathetic characters. 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is also that rare play which perfectly balances audience participation with a strong self-supporting narrative; the kind of play where audience mutterings enrich the performance for their incorporation, but where the plot can also hold a room spellbound (and occasionally horrified).
Staging is fairly minimal, but the strength of the leading ladies easily transcends the space. Armed with little more than a check-clothed table and flashlights, Lulie (Catherine Alcorn), Wren (Samantha Turk), Vern (Lauren Jackson), Dale (Ellen Bailey) and Ginny (Meghan Clarke) draw audiences irresistibly into their secret love lives and their perilous quest to uphold the golden rules of the Society (to wit: â€˜No Men, No Meat, All Mannersâ€™) in the face of nuclear winter. The cast are absolutely captivating, from their perfectly coiffed hair to their flawless accents, and the sheer bombast of their performance effortlessly carries the production from initial mingling in the foyer, through seventy-five hilarious minutes and into an unexpectedly poignant ending.
5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is knockout show and a stellar debut for Imprint Theatricals. While MELT may only be running for two weeks, the arrival of Imprint will hopefully mean more stunning and diverse productions to grace our stages in the years to come.
What Brisbane Powerhouseâ€™s MELT Festival.
Where Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.
When 5th â€“ 15th February, 2015.
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