Thought For Food

One Night Stand Theater has been around for four years, putting on six discrete nights of theater a year to full and enthusiastic houses. Tonight’s Food, Glorious Food: Tales of Cooking and Cuisine, comprises six plays, one short story and a couple of poems, all by local writers. Audiences will encounter a passive-aggressive cheese omelet, a beet-soup preparation that takes a nasty turn, and dessert at a restaurant where you can look but not touch.

But not all of these pieces are innocuous, warns director Beth Foster: “There’s some racy stuff and a piece that’s kind of gruesome. I wouldn’t bring kids.” Past evenings have focused on horror, witches, war and Shakespeare. “We’re all theater people, but we have full-time jobs and don’t have time to do full-blown productions,” Foster says. “Actors love it because the rehearsal period is short, so we get very good actors. Most of them know each other, and it’s always a fun get-together.

“‘One-night stand’ was a theatrical term before it was a sexual term,” she points out. “Theater companies used to go by train from small town to small town to put on shows, and that was a one-night stand. It’s fun. I call it ‘short-attention-span theater.’”

Catch Food, Glorious Food at 7 p.m. for one night only at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora; for tickets, $8, visit onenightstandtheater.org or call 303-670-3628.
Sun., April 6, 7 p.m., 2014

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Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. She has reviewed theater for Westword for over a decade; for many years, she also reviewed memoirs for the Washington Post. She has won several journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her novel, Stocker's Kitchen, can be obtained at select local bookstores and on Amazon.
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