Trash Cuisine OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Julieta Cervantes
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 25, 2015
    Closing:
    May 17, 2015

    Theater: La MaMa E.T.C. / 74A East Fourth Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    "Trash Cuisine" is a play about violence and, in particular, about the ability of society, a group or an individual to take the life of another. The play draws on the works of William Shakespeare, who often referenced capital punishment, and a variety of national cuisines in order to emphasize a local flavor of violence, endurance, life and hope. Live music performed on stage complements a series of stories staged in a variety of ways, bringing them to a common denominator.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Trash Cuisine

    Belarus Free Theater’s ‘Trash Cuisine’ Serves Politics With Teeth

    Ben Brantley

    April 29, 2015: If you judge a show by its title, you’d expect “Trash Cuisine,” the latest offering from the intrepid Belarus Free Theater, to be a friendly, jokey hoot. It’s a name that puts you in mind of those breezy adventure shows for armchair chefs — “Have Fork, Will Travel” or “Bizarre Foods” — with an extra nip of camp added for seasoning. What’s really on the menu, though, is raw fare for strong stomachs. The format of this inventive but diffuse production, which opened on Wednesday night at the Ellen Stewart Theater, may resemble that of a television pilot whipped up by Anthony Bourdain. In an early scene, a man with an occasional French accent (the Anglo-French actor Philippe Spall) promises that he will be guiding us through “a cook’s tour of the globe.” It is just the thing, he says, for Americans, whose idea of fine dining is usually “meat with more meat on the side.” But be warned: The meat of “Trash Cuisine” is, for the most part, human. Before the evening’s end, flesh like that of our own vulnerable bodies is sliced, chopped, stuffed, fried and, in one case, sautéed in a frying pan. These acts are simulated through an assortment of theatrical devices, carefully chosen to assault every one of the senses.

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