In light of the recent 500,000th ticket sale to “The Feast” dinner theatre, Atlantic Canada’s very first dinner theatre created back in 1979 by Don Groom and his associate, I might do well to tell folks that this year’s
production downstairs at the
Brother’s Two is the best edition yet of these summertime shows.
Set in a Las Vegas themed
wedding chapel, “Stop in the Name of Love!” features a cast of young,
mainly Island and New Brunswick performers who’ll rock your socks off, when they’re not carrying groaning trays of mussels, homemade bread, salmon or chicken cordon bleu to your table.
I was especially smitten by Toni Timmons’ character, Bonnie Gallant, the hometown girl all misty-eyed throughout the play as the Bearer of the Big Secret – always the signature feature of every Feast dinner theatre plot.
Impressed too by the Vegas shyster, Reverend Fred, played by Patrick Brunet, lovechild of Frank Sinatra, with his Doobie Brothers vibe and lounge lizard attire.
Jessica Gallant is downhome perfect as the bouncy bride-to-be, Donna Schurman; Aaron Ellis is Charlie Sheen-devilish as bridegroom Earl MacKenzie; Rebecca Apps carries the day as Evelyn, the Reverend’s helper; while Andrew German steps it up several geeky notches as this season’s inevitable white and nerdy guy, Anthony Weiner.
It won’t be as muddy as that U2 concert on Magnetic Hill, nor as hard on the texting finger as the Sir Elton concert, but I know you will come away full and happy from this year’s “Feast.”