Anthony R. Taylor
SHOW: Get Out of the Kitchen
GROUP: Salamé Studios
ATTENDED: Fri., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., First Unitarian Church
CLOSES: Sun., Sept. 15
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "Tensions rise in this spicy dramedy when lovelorn Char butts heads with Elaine, the girlfriend of her old high school flame, Samson. Add a spoonful of secrets, coarse-ground language, a heaping helping of hilarity, and cook under heavy pressure."
WE THINK: Despite the hackneyed sitcom pastiche of this enemies-become-friends one-act, the first from Salamé productions, there was much to like about Get Out of the Kitchen.
This short comedy is set in the filth-strewn apartment of Sam (aka Samson), a dim-witted and comic book-obsessed stereotype of a bro intent on bringing his anxious micro-managerial girlfriend Elaine and sassy best friend Char(lotte) together to make dinner for him. When the two ladies meet, they butt heads before becoming friends over their realization of a shared nemesis — the self-involved jerk that brought them together.
Sound familiar? It is — you've almost certainly seen some variation of this plot in multiple sitcoms (they even named the neurotic girlfriend "Elaine"!). Staging this play under the gross fluorescent lights of the First Unitarian Church basement (endearingly DIY for rock shows, but too eerily first-apartment-kitchen-like for this place) didn't help.
Still, the young college-aged artists behind this production should be applauded for making an honest attempt at interpreting a comedy archetype. Marissa Bescript's and Brookelyn Rose's portrayals of Elaine and Char, respectively, were particularly praise-worthy. Their final performance on Sunday will prove if they can get over the first-show jitters (rushed dialogue, stumbled-upon lines) gracefully enough to really tie things together, but you should keep an eye out for these fresh talents regardless.
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