Feast Dinner Theatre
Review by Michelle René Sexton
Food, laughter, music are rolled into one hilarious routine, played by a small group of young, talented actors. This is what to expect during an evening at Feast Dinner Theatre at the Brothers Two Restaurant in Summerside. My first dinner theatre was Summerside Night Live, which was a cast made entirely of rookies. “With respect to the new cast, I’m loving it. It’ll never compare to being part of an all-rookie cast of six people like it was back in June and lasting all summer, but since this new cast is so experienced, everyone brings something incredible to the stage,” replied Justin Doiron.
True to bringing the audience into their performances, I was chosen as a suspect (SNL) in the disappearance of Alec, his girlfriend Marianne stopped by my table saying she was keeping her eyes on me, and I seemed suspicious because I was seen talking to him. During the four course meal of garden salad, mussels, main course (beef, salmon, or chicken), and strawberry shortcake for dessert, Marianne stopped by my table eyeing me. The plot thickened when guests tried to figure out what happened to Alec while his friends continued with the show. In the end, big wig Lorna McGraw kidnapped Alec and put him in the trunk of her car.
The fall production, My Big Fat Wedding Crashers, was just as entertaining. The Harvest Buffet was delicious and mocked Thanksgiving dinner. This time my friend Joyce was chosen and sung to by Sparky, the Best Man in the wedding. The talent is apparent as the routine starts to take form when two single, flirtatious women crash the wedding reception. They’re asked repeatedly how they know the bride or groom but always side-step the question. A mystery comes up as the wedding presents and guests’ jewelry disappear. Of course, Paulie, the wedding planner thinks the wedding crashers are guilty. Everyone suspects everyone while singing fun, upbeat songs and mingling with the audience.
I won’t give away who did it, because being curious will make you take the family to the theatre to see for yourself. The acting is timed perfectly, and the improv techniques are quickly used when audience members throw something different into the mix. “We’re a very experienced group with about thirty feast shows under our belts. We’ve got a lot of strengths in a lot of different areas. I’ve been lucky to discover dinner theatre as a means to develop my skills. The experience you gain ‘working in the trenches’ of dinner theatre world is invaluable. You are literally inches away from the audience, “ replied Matt Stewart, actor and director.