Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lunchtime Theatrical Fare: Roman Fever at Bewleys

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

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