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Smorgasbord – Glorious Food! (Planet Connections 2010)

by Stephen Tortora-Lee on June 25, 2010

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There are many rites of Food in the world, and the vibrancy of our young nation’s reverence toward the the appreciation of food and the veneration of all things nutritious and/or tasty is woven into the very fabric of our collective psyche. In SMALL BITES: A SMORGASBORD OF ONE-ACT COMEDIES (written and directed by J.C. Svec) homage is paid to the ideals brought forth from the hallowed preparation and consumption of the victuals which sustain us through nearly all of our most cherished traditions of American Culture. The fact they are all excellent comedies that really make you laugh – hard – is even better.

From one couple’s crusade for the continued existence of Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwiches (can I hear an Amen Brother for the P, B and J), to the importance of A (good) Catered Affair when trying to throw a heartfelt good-bye party for a well known Holy Man and 12 of his closest friends – this play covers all the courses.

In several sets of Decisions we see how a young man deals with one of the most important choices one can make when growing up and beginning to blossom into adulthood: Prime Rib or Chicken?

Sit right down and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of fateful trip. It started in a Chinese buffet along a mini-mall strip. Here is a story of instruction by a man who has had a lifetime love of buffets of all kinds but has finally found out, that no matter how good you are at getting the most out of these culinary adventures there comes a point when you’ve truly had All You Can Eat.

In Mamma Marie’s, We see what it means to be the CEO of the largest, oldest, Italian food franchise in the United States through the eyes of someone who comes in for an interview, but can’t get a word in edgewise.  This boss seems crazy, but you may be surprised as to why.

Lastly we see the origin of all American Food Celebration in The First Thanksgiving, as Miles Standish and his bright and thoughtful scribe prepare the invitation to the local Indian tribe for their giving of thanks and appreciation of a good harvest. The wry humor of this is that it becomes a public relations nightmare as we find out about widespread fear as well as a competing event in a neighboring colony.  How will it all turn out?

Throughout this Smorgasbord there are great many food-themed songs played before, after, and during the transition.  From Food Glorious Food to Spam, On Top of Spaghetti and other favorites or new songs to add to your mental mp3 listings.

The cast – Nicole Cicchella, Sarah Cuneo, Lauren Friezo, Rob Gelberg and Edward Rosini do an amazing job of showing their range of talent as the present a diversified platter of characters.


Produced by Tribe Productions benefiting The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Written and Directed by J.C. Svec
Performance dates:
Wed 6/16 @ 4:30pm
Sat 6/19 @ 3pm
Sun 6/20 @ 4:45pm
Tues 6/22 @ 7pm
Thurs 6/24 @ 9pm
Sat 6/26 @ 1:30pm
Purchase tickets here.
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