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‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ egg-ceptional combo of hysterical laughs and delicious sexual innuendo


Next up at Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts is Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder’s 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Originating in Chicago and winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival as Best Overall Production, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is a tasty recipe of hysterical laughs, sexual innuendoes, unsuccessful repressions, and delicious discoveries.

The play is set in 1956, before the women’s movement and during a time when everyone was on edge about the Russians and the threat of nuclear war. The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. As the show unfolds, the ladies extol the glories of the egg (read “ova”) while indulging the sapphic allusion to quiche-eating. But as the assembled “widows” await the announcement of the society’s prize-winning quiche, atomic bomb sirens sound. Has the Communist threat come to pass? How will the “widows” respond as their idyllic town and lifestyle faces attacks?

Dena Galyean, Karen Goldberg, Lucy Sundby, Anna Grilli and Madison Mitchell star. Stephanie Davis directs.

The play has attained cult status, but it’s also received considerable critical acclaim:

  • “I wouldn’t be surprised if 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, like The 39 Steps, becomes a mainstream favorite of theater troupes around the country…skillfully, lovingly, and deliciously prepared.” – Chicago Stage Standard
  • “Expanded from an award-winning sketch, this wonderfully ridiculous scenario delivers what it promises. This ensemble piece is smart, sharp and hysterically funny.” – Time Out Chicago
  • “A delectable portrait of sublimated Sapphism…[5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche] dishes up high-spirited theatrical comfort food with a bit of a saucy kick.” – Chicago Tribune
  • “The bitingly funny story of friendship, pastry and forbidden love has the audience in stitches.” – Vancouver Sun

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche opens October 25 and runs through November 3.

October 4, 2019.


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