A wild theatrical feast, Open Theatre Kitchen is part comedy, part creation myth, part tragedy, part cooking show. It is the story of two chefs who live alone in a kitchen in a desert. Desperate to combat their loneliness, they cook up the recipe of recipes, the flavour of all flavours… which takes the form of a son.
The delight of parenthood soon gives way to panic when the Boy encounters the Onion: a monstrous, prophetic, transformative force of nature lurking in the root cellar. It possesses him and forces a revolution of imagination, possibility and rock n’ roll in the hitherto dreary landscape.
The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen is a story about going and returning, the creation and the flavour of the world. It was the sixth and final Summer Theatre Extravaganva and played in parks all over Halifax. Since the intitial outdoor run it has travelled to indoor theatres in Canada and the United States under the title It All Looks Different in the Dark.
Nominated for a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Award for
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Score – David Christensen
Praise for Open Theatre Kitchen:
“Startling, surreal and somewhat inscrutable, told in riddles and parables, visually provocative and comic, [Open Theatre Kitchen] is an exciting experience.”
-The Chronicle Herald
“Exotic and surprising… Innovative and entertaining.”
“The performance is beautiful, hilarious, and full of fantastic visual, musical, and theatrical surprises. The company strikes a perfect balance between lightness and poignancy, creating an experience that is alive with a sense of wonderment. Our audience was enthralled, and loved staying after the show to enjoy the delicious soup!”
-Jennifer Johnson, Artistic Director, Charlestown Working Theatre
“Zuppa Circus does things that haven’t been done before. Its Open Theatre Kitchen: It All Looks Different in the Dark was weird, wonderful, entertaining and enigmatic. It’s exciting to have such an innovative company in the city.”
– Kate Watson, The Coast, End of Year Issue, 2006