Thursday 14 August 2014

"Chicken Grease is Nasty Business", SummerWorks, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON

This evening Gord and I saw Chicken Grease is Nasty Business, which is part of the 2004 SummerWorks Festival

SummerWorks is Canada's largest juried performance festival. For 11 days in August, it takes over the Queen West Strip, hosting theatre, music, performance and more.

It was playing at the Theatre Muraille, about a fifteen minute walk from home.

Modestine fries the South’s best chicken but when she hatches a plan to lure her sons back home, best friend Pearl calls her crazy, son Dwayne’s bride-to-be clearly has other plans, son Delmar falls hard and Dr. Long offers mouth-to-mouth as this dizzying plot twists clean out of control. 

Starring Lili Francks, Karen Glave, Danny Waugh, Christian Lloyd, Dian Marie Bridge, Sedina Fiati, Jeremiah Sparks, Jade O'Keeffe

It's Dwayne's birthday and his kindhearted mother, Modestine, is throwing him a party and has a surprise for everyone.  But Dwayne also has a surprise of his own for everyone as does his trashy religious girlfriend, Jolene.  Everyone gets stirred up when Dwayne's ex-girlfriend, Maddie, shows up.

There were a lot of funny and sometimes crude lines ... I wish the actors had paused to let them land, though.  I found that funny lines were said and the actors kept going so we missed the next lines because the audience (including me) was laughing.  Plus sometimes the actors spoke really fast.

This was a fun play and the actors did a good job with it ... I liked it and would recommend it.  The play has potential ... I think the actors need to practice a bit more as it seemed like they stumbled over the lines sometimes.

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

I hate when the actors don't know the script fully. It kind of ruins the experience.