Thursday, July 6, 2017

To State the Obvious Or Not To State the Obvious Elephant in the Room. CHEESECAKE! PLEASE!

By Elisabeth McGowan

          It’s difficult to contain some emotions in a public place sometimes. Especially when you’re with that someone you’ve kind of been holding something back from talking to. Perhaps you took a new job offer in a place – in a galaxy far, far away…and now everything between you two is rocky. Awkward. Then some frustrations and confusions start to come out, and you can’t control some reactions - especially your volume. Might as well just welcome the whole world into your conversation. But you don’t care, and you certainly don’t care what they think of you.

          One of the worst places ever to have one of these little chats is in a restaurant, where people can hear you and employees are trying to serve you. However, have you secretly thought of how it’s somewhat comforting, almost safer to hold one of these little chats? Even if you didn’t plan on having it – talking about that certain something that’s barely outwardly stated, but it’s hanging over you – like a huge pink elephant just taunting you both.

         You know that horrendously awkward scene from Crazy Stupid Love when Julianne Moore and Steve Carrell are deciding what they want for dessert, and Steve suggests to count to three and they’d both say their pick…But Julianne’s dessert choice is -“I want a divorce” – loud enough for everyone in that restaurant to hear. It’s obvious that she is hiding something, but I don’t think anyone was expecting that. Wonder how they asked for the check after that.

        Now, let’s say you’re in the middle of talking it out with the other person at the table, then the waiter or waitress comes to bring your order, but oh no…your order is messed up. Nothing worse than that – the anticipation for such a great meal has now been thwarted by the one person who was in charge of bringing the right one to you, and they failed. Oh boy. 

       Have you ever seen people literally trashing their waiters for a couple mistakes? Complaining loud and clear to everyone that the service doesn’t hit a five-star rating? All because of the little “talk” they’re strenuously trying to get through at the table, so they think they can take it out on absolutely anybody. I mean, okay, we get it, you’re unhappy. 

       This comical night out is shown in Nadia Asencio’s play, Cheesecake!

       A man and a woman sit down to dinner with something hanging over their heads – that same pink-elephant-in-the-room problem that we all recognize. Will this woman come to terms with the silent state-the-obvious situation she’s in? Who is really satisfied here? And more importantly: will they ever finish their meal to order some dessert? Comment below! 

     And catch Nadia Asencio’s play at the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival on July 15th, 20th, 23rd, and the 26th at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46nd Street, New York.

CHEESECAKE! By Nadia AsencioFeaturing: Malinda Logan, Amilcar Javier, Rick Calvo & Alaska Caleo
Dining hell ensues as two best friends struggle with the elephant in the room.
Saturday, July 15th at 7pm
Thursday, July 20th at 7pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 3pm
Wednesday, July 26th at 9pm
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats: $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

For tickets click here

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