So what exactly do you get when 5 lesbians come together to eat a quiche? A night of pure comical delight flavoured with wit, madness and plenty of melodramatics, all topped off with a nice bit of cheesy humour.
It’s 1956 and we are welcomed to the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein for their annual quiche breakfast. From the minute you walk into the box office, the tone for the rest of the night is set, be sure you will not be greeted by your regular box office staff, only making you more eager to see what exactly your night with these five lesbians will entail – it is a night you will not be forgetting anytime soon, all for the best reasons.
The dialogue is sharp and brilliantly handled by the cast, hitting the full comic potential of the jokes, leaving the room full of laughter. They say the best comedies are measured by the audience’s reaction, going by last night’s sold out run it was a roaring success. The high energy set off from the start never threatens to falter, being in part to the cast looking to be having as much fun as the audience are during the whole night.
The five lesbians all look to be your typical prim and proper 1950’s American woman, a façade for their saucy, wicked personas underneath, thankfully a disguise that does not last. With their exaggerated mannerisms and accents only adds to the play’s humour without being too heightened to ruin the night altogether. The cast appreciates the cleverness of the dialogue as it begins to be get saucier, packed with nothing short of sexual innuendos, making for some of the best moments of the night, especially when they do eventually get to eat some quiche.
By the end, you will be a fully converted sister of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, standing proud and respecting the egg!
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival and plays until Sunday at The Old Joint Stock Theatre.
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