|Bewleys on Grafton Street|
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Bewleys Cafe Theatre sparkling summer offering of an adaptation of an Edith Wharton short story could perhaps best be described if not as a dish, as a perfectly chilled martini where tempers never bubble over but simmer beneath ice cold surfaces of the two protagonists, wealthy society widows cooling their heels on a Roman terrace.
Maria Tecce and Karen Ardiff convey all the vitriol and oneupmanship by the merest adjustment of facial features, a curl of a lip here or the raising of an eyebrow there. We were charmed by the singing Italian waiter, Pierpaolo Vitale who having escorted patrons to their seats opened the production with a serenade to his own accompaniment on accordion. We spoke to Pierpaolo briefly and he tells us that the song, La Luna Argenta in the style of a Neopolitan song was his own composition.
At €12 for a bowl of soup and the show (Monday rate) running at 45 mins or so , this was terrific value for perfect seasonal fare and no surprise that the intimate venue was full for the performance with locals and overseas visitors. Bravo tutti! The show runs until July 27th
Venue Notes: Soup was excellent but needed to be fetched from a hatch in the corner and with the venue full, it was awkward to navigate around the tables even with Pierpaolo on hand to assist. I suggest soup served in mugs and dished out by a nimble server might be easier in this venue