BWW Reviews: Umbrellas, Mummies, and ARE WE DELICIOUS - SUPERSTITION
The Frequency off of West Main St. in Madison can give newcomers an eerie vibe. It's been well used in its time as a music venue and was the perfect spot for the latest Are We Delicious revue.
Complete with indoor umbrellas, creepy little mummified trinkets, sage, a rosary, cloaking devices, and six actors, the show unfolded. Per the norm for AWD, each short play revolved around the ultimate theme of superstition while each delivered an entirely different message.
AWD newcomer Stacey Garbarski introduced the audience to a little baby named Judah in her piece "A Dismal Baptism". The play surrounded a mother desperate to get her baby baptized because he appeared to be possessed by an other worldly force. Playing the part of the extraordinarily unhelpful front desk clerk, Dana Pellebon, kept the humor rolling alongside the 'demonic' gurgling sounds being made on Judah's behalf by John Steeno. Pellebon's snappy attitude made her perfect for the role while Georgina McKee's nervous mother made the situation even more absurdly humerous.
Practiced AWD player Steeno created a play that had the audience at its beck and call. "The Feminine Side of the Civil War" had everything that is guaranteed laughs - a man in a makeshift dress and over annunciated Wisconsin names. Steeno cast William Bolz as the charming Violet Montgomery who must be addressed as such when she is in costume. Bolz as Montgomery was a laugh riot. To be completely honest, Steeno should really consider expanding this particular miniature show into a full length performance. But if he does, Matt Sloan definitely needs to be cast as Violet's brother and they need to use the same completely modern, clear, plastic umbrella.
The tricky part about Are We Delicious is that audiences never know exactly what to expect. That's part of the fun. What they do know is that the cast has done everything from writing the show, to directing, to casting, and acting. They also know that Tony Trout will always exuberantly announce the beginning of the show by asking "are we delicious?!" which will always be met by a resounding applause.
Are We Delicious is really a living being. Because it can change or grow, it will always be something different every time it re-appears. What's fantastic about the company, however, is their growing reputation for one of the most fun nights you can have in Madison that still lets you get home far before the clock strikes twelve.
Perhaps next time you all can attend and answer the ever present question : "are we delicious?"
From This Author Amanda Finn