Members say: Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

Based on the short story (and made famous by the 1987 Oscar-winning film), this drama tells the story of Babette, a French refugee in Norway, who throws a lavish feast that becomes an agent of transformative grace.

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'Babette’s Feast' is a bundle of exciting contradictions: stark and lush, stunning and austere, mysterious and comic. Further, it is timely with a twist: 'Babette's Feast' highlights the plight of a refugee seeking asylum, who through her munificence creates a lavish feast that becomes an abundant experience of forgiveness and connection, healing the fractured community. A story that shows how embracing the stranger changes a community for the better.

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for a previous production "Retains the message of grace and humanity at the core of the tale, while casting the narrative in an entirely different, highly contemporaneous light. Intriguing and sometimes perplexing in its Brechtian staging, this production adheres closely to the Dinesen text...'Babette's Feast' speaks movingly to a modern world in need of compassion for our fellow beings, beauty and artistry for our souls, and sharing rather than polarizing." Full Review

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for a previous production "Coonrod directs a masterpiece of ensemble work...Every element of both performance and design feels precisely, tenderly conceived, in a rapturous production that exudes warmth, grace, and a true sense of fellowship...Babette’s extraordinary extended cooking sequencebrings together the height of Hurst’s and the ensemble’s skills...A work that is, in the truest sense of the word, transcendent." Full Review

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During previews
Great staging, Unique, Appealing

See it if you want to see a well thought out, atmospheric period piece with an ensemble that works well together and gives it their all.

Don't see it if you are annoyed by pantomimed props, although it serves a purpose; you are more interested in current fast-paced themes.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This is a whimsical adaptation of Dinesen’s story, with incredible performances, under the direction of Karin Concord.

Don't see it if You do not believe in the art of the theatre and you are satisfied with the movie.

Also The adaptation is able to present that time, destiny, gratitude, relig... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Imaginative, Folk tale

See it if You’d like to see a short story that has an optimistic point enacted on stage.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience for stretching a short plot into a full length play.

During previews
Charming, Great staging, Great cast, Atmospheric, Imaginative

See it if you want an uplifting experience, staged stylistically with care, precision & feeling. The actors/singers are really invested in this piece

Don't see it if you want a carbon copy of the wonderful film. The preparation for the banquet is amazing, yet no food is actually seen & is not missed. Wow!

During previews
Charming, Great staging, Touching, Strong ensemble, Highly theatrical

See it if you like stylized works. Original Dinesen story told w/humor and poignancy. Memorable moments; lovely singing. Artistic play re: artistry.

Don't see it if religious faith bumps you. Still, lots re: humanity. If you only like realism or musicals, skip BF. Feast's expense upsets me (film/play).

Also The strong staging has magical moments. Unusually diverse cast, w/some... Read more Read less

During previews
Unexpectedly lovely chamber theatre adaptation, Masterful direction and design, Actor-driven, text-focused

See it if you want an actor-driven event that goes back to the Dinesen text and masterfully deploys the unique, transformative power of theatre

Don't see it if you're unwilling to put the film aside (brilliant in its own medium); don't like chamber theatre that makes maximal use of the original text

Also Top notch work from nearly every member of the team makes this unlikel... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like well written poetic stories told by talented caring actors and you never saw the movie. This is a delightful drama.

Don't see it if you have seen the movie and are expecting a live food porn drama. It's not. It is a very good night at the theater.

Also And it is at a special off Broadway theater. I first saw Dustin Hoffma... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fresh take on the film of the same name. You want to believe in the kindness of others during these turbulent times.

Don't see it if you are expecting the film; this isn't it.

During previews
Beautiful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like an inventive ensemble, intriguing physical and vocal staging, storytelling, and a tale about the heartbreak of making great work

Don't see it if You're expecting the naturalism of the film; this is a very theatrical treatment of the Isak Dinesen story.

Also This was so surprising - a beautiful and thoughtful staging of the sho... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a play that creatively uses a bit of choreography and music performed by a super talented cast. a fun and unusual night of theater

Don't see it if You do not enjoy shows which are set in medieval times or are only interested in very conventional theater

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you treasure great acting and directing. No gimmicks, just talent! Funny and well written!

Don't see it if you need music, big names or romantic fluff...there are ideas here.

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