I'm not going to say that Matt Richter is a genius but, well, there you go, I said it.
Dinner theater. Boy does it bring to mind bad performances of 'Godspell' and anemic meals of fettuccine alfredo and iceberg lettuce. There is nothing in this evening that even faintly resembles dinner theater as we know it. Nothing.
Welcome to the new world.
You enter the darkened theater. You are asked to stand in front of the first row of seats. More people file in. They stand in front of you. There is a black curtain blocking the stage. You don't know if you should sit or not. Some people do. It is confusing. You are thrown off guard. It's not how we usually start a show. You get separated from your friends. You find them again. Good. I love this feeling.
A mike'd voice speaks in the darkness. He comes down the stairs from the back of the seats. He looks like a futuristic throwback to the Wild West. He is the overly passionate and loquacious Director of the Board of the...
From the opening invitation sung by Sarah Rudinoff to the closing Secret Cream Puffs, this show is full of surprises. Diners play the Board of Directors of a fictional futuristic "Foundation" that commissioned Richter's elders to investigate the simple question "how do we save food?"
Seventy-three years later, it is Richter's role as Director of the Commission, and his assistant played by Jodi-Paul Wooster, to deliver the answer in 16 servings of invention, creation, history and culinary tomfoolery.
Like an edible inconvenient truth, "Dinner Theater" explores how near to extinction real food has become. Facing fast food's "immortality gained through repetition", the show asks what is lost if scientists can replace the caprese salad with a genetically modified tomato growing on the vine with basil and mozzarella already inside it? It may taste good, but the increased risk brought by simplified food diversity may not be worth it. Put another way, if there's only one...
Dinner Theater is another provocative and risky idea by Matthew Richter that promises to get people talking and thinking, and that’s why I love it. The intimacy of the evening and well-crafted presentation makes me feel like I just went through a rite of passage and now I am part of a secret club. I don’t want to comment too specifically on the food and accompanying narrative because that would spoil the fun. But I will say, “yum! ”, “pretty! ” and “poprocks rule! ”. Put them in your wine and hold the glass to your ear and listen for a while, then guzzle it down—fun times people.
I won’t lie though, there are bugs to work out. Most notably, the pace. It is too fast, please slow it down. Each bite needs to be savored longer, thought about deeper and experienced on its own before being interrupted by the next storyline.
Yoko Ott recently started...
I don’t like the name OtB Dispatch much but it’s our feeble attempt at a staff blog, which is really just a cover-up strategy for the fact that I was terrible about updating my own blog. At a minimum, we’re promising weekly posts by our staff and we hope readers will check back often to make sure we’re staying on top of it.
Anyway, we’re psyched about the utility of our new website. Not only do we have more control over our blogs but there are also more interactive features that make the blogging experience so much better. We also have a lot more potential with the streaming audio and video which means you can get a glimpse of upcoming shows and listen to interviews with artists on our season. We’re still in beta-mode with the site so please let us know if you see any glaring errors or room for improvement.
by Tania Kupczak
Sep 14, 2006
Amelia's Mountain Song
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who ooo srha-roon
who soranln tu_a sraruo oo oo oo_"Grapple"
Opening Mountain Song
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stage 3 vocabulary