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There’s something charming, but a little bit off, about Songs of Meat & Cake, a “theatrical song cycle” that treats its subjects both literally and metaphorically. Sometimes giddy, sometimes serious, the cabaret was concocted by collaborating Boulder ensembles Square Product Theatre and Zen Cabaret. It is about sustenance, both physical and psychic, and its songs — mostly originals, some doctored covers, ranging from a version of Anne Waldman’s poem Skin / Meat / BONES to a song about meatloaf — are inspired by life’s extremes: the meat and cake of it all.

“It’s essentially about a menagerie of characters who come together to preach the gospel of meat and cake to the audience,” says Square Product’s Emily K. Harrison, who joined forces with fellow performers Bobby Dartt and Nina Rolle on the project. “The characters do this because they are hungry, and they will not be allowed to eat unless they properly convey this information to the audience. There’s also a little hint that the audience could become prey.” The theme, hatched during a conversation between Harrison and Rolle over lunch (Rolle asked Harrison if she ever ate salad, and she replied that she only ate meat and cake), conjures everything from raw consumption to meeting one’s anxieties face to face and swallowing them whole.

See Songs of Meat & Cake at BINDERY | Space, 2180 Stout Street, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. and continuing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through November 6; stagings in Boulder begin November 11 at Wesley Chapel on the CU-Boulder campus. Admission is $12 to $14, or two-for-one on Thursdays; reserve tickets at Get details at
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Nov. 20, 2010


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