Real men may not eat it, but in the buzz-worthy Vancouver Fringe Festival presentation of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, the members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein downright worship them.
With the Society’s motto “no men, no meat, all manners” it comes as no surprise that we’re all provided suitable 1950s women’s name tags as we enter. And while we don’t actually get to participate in the tasting of the first quiche, there is enough breaking down of the fourth wall to make us almost believe when we are asked to make our own declaration of lesbianism.
A definite ensemble piece, the five Officers of the Society (Sharon Bayly, Angela Bealieu, Sharon Greysen, Tara Burnett and Beth Gunderson) handle the comedy with great skill, and director Beverley Siver moves everything at an incredibly brisk pace.
It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche was written by a couple of guys (I’m only guessing that that they are gay) but its campy sensibility and series of delightful surprises peppered throughout, the hour inside the bomb shelter with these five women simply flies by.
The talk of this year’s Vancouver Fringe, you’ll want to get your tickets to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche now before it sells out. Oh, and you just might want to brush-up on your Doris Day tunes too.
By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Directed by Beverley Siver. A Black Rook Theatre production as part of the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and exact showtimes.