It’s the 1956 meeting of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, and eating quiche is the order of the day, along with keeping away men, meat and communists. Just as this year’s prize quiche is announced, things go awry, with an outcast ‘widow’ causing trouble, a communist attack and scandalous family secrets coming out, taking tensions (sexual and otherwise) between the women to new heights.
“5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, and directed by Kyle Barnette, clearly states that there would be no chickens without the egg, as the quiche is sung-in by the women, sorority-style. Costumes by Julie Ziff and Grace Evans enhance the ensemble’s Steel Magnolias-esque dynamic, and make every moment picture-worthy for camera-obsessed Dale (Andrea Conway).
This comedy loses its manners as the show goes on, especially as the group’s leader Lulie (Becca Anderson) holds on to a secret that will change them forever. This play is not for the conservative, or the state of North Carolina, according to Wren, played by Beth Curley who served up charm and laughs.
It’s girl-on-girl, Stepford Wives style, in one of the play’s most hilarious moments, where the women tear apart the world’s last quiche like ravaging dogs.
The play addresses gay marriage and coming out in the most polite ways, after all: “You’re not a lesbian; you’re just a lady with a tool belt who likes a game of softball every now and then,” Ginny (Abby Kammeraad-Campbell) says to her not-so-secret, secret lover Vern (Sarah Wallis Craven).
The Lady Sisters gather in a set, complete with pastel, streamer flowers, carnations and a siren that makes the doors and windows seal shut just in case communists drop an atomic bomb. The audience is as much a part of the action in this show as are the actors and the joke is on them in this cheeky comedy (there’s a reference to a Dinah Shore Golf Tournament).
What If? Productions’ performances of “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series at Threshold Rep, 841/2 Society Street.
Subsequent shows are June 1, 2, 7, and 9 at 9:30 p.m. Show runs approximately 80 minutes, and tickets are $16 general admission. Quiche and homemade oatmeal crème pies on sale in the lobby add an even more personal touch.
Kelundra Smith is a Newhouse School graduate student.