Arts & Entertainment

Review – Food

From playwright Steve Rodgers comes Food, a deliciously provocative, irresistibly funny and romantic play which will have audiences laughing out loud.

The story surrounds two quarreling sisters, Nancy (Emma Jackson) and Elma (Mel King) who run a takeaway shop and are fighting demons from their past. They desperately dream of securing their future by transforming their fatigued business into a reputable restaurant.

Hakan (Fayssal Bazzi), the new Turkish kitchen hand, arrives and aids these ladies in realising their dreams, whilst establishing a romantic interest.

The cast deliver faultless performances in what is fundamentally a play about family relations. The darker elements surface through the comic sequences, revealing complexities in the characters which lead to an eruption of emotions onstage.

Set on a stage simplistic in design but cluttered with pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils, this play is cleverly written, utilising effective lighting techniques and dance sequences to highlight fighting, drunkenness, and sex.

Food is raw, gritty, and confronting, containing coarse language and strong sexual references that may offend. The play pushes conservative theatre aside, allowing audiences to enjoy an alternate theatrical experience. (MM)

Until Aug 6, Glen Street Theatre, Glen St & Blackbutts Rd, Belrose, $30-70, glenstreet.com.au

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