Last week I was invited to a performance of Food Acts, which is running Feb. 6-24th at the Lion Theater on Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Aves.). The play, conceived and directed by Barbara Bosch, is a collection of spoken word performances adapted from various sources, all centered around food.
Performed by a talented company of actors in chef costumes on a kitchen-themed set, Food Acts weaved together vignettes from classics including The Canterbury Tales, David Copperfield, and The Jungle, as well as more recent pieces adapted from Anthony Bourdains’ Secret Ingredients, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dillema, and more. Each piece was a few minutes long, which kept it moving at a good pace. My favorite segments were W. Somerset Maugham’s The Three Fat Women of Antibes, and Langston Hughes’ Simple’s Uncle Sam. I found it very interesting to experience the broad topic of food in the theater this way and was introduced to new interpretations of material I was familiar with as well as some texts I was unfamiliar with. Well-read food enthusiasts will appreciate this very much! Tickets can be purchased at this link.
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