See it if Public lawyers struggling w/daily life seek meaning through making lunch. Marvelously creative & charming with a message. Great characters.
Don't see it if You are not in tune with New York culture. The person next to me was from Puerto Rico. He couldn't follow the legal work & foodie humor
See it if Wildly innovative, Einspanier's neo-screwball comedy uses food as our last hope for meaningful societal cohesion Bizarre, poignant, funny
Don't see it if Ahmadinejad's staging devise of office chairs as balletic movement is edgy & hilarious Ensemble is superb w/Chukwu & McQuail leading the way
“This as a very Clubbed Thumb show: idiosyncratic, nonrealistic, gently experimental with a Downtown’s greatest hits compilation of a cast...Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad and running just about an hour, the length of a slightly luxurious lunch break, it’s a slim show, yes, but also charming and smart and kindly. For most of these characters, the focus on food is a coping mechanism, a welcome distraction.”
“Einspanier’s excellent workplace comedy...There’s little room for a story, because Einspanier has crammed every second with marvelous character studies and syncopated conversations that reveal the topsy-turvy stakes of a life lived in service...The amount of dynamic indication in the text makes the script seem almost like a piece of music. The downtown stars...are so at ease with the play’s relentless pace and rhythms that at times they almost seem to be singing.”
"'Lunch Bunch' is fully in keeping with Clubbed Thumb’s tradition of adventuresome fare, and is served well by the game eight-member cast of downtown theater regulars, and by Tara Ahmadinejad’s direction. She stages the characters sitting on their ergonomic chairs facing a back wall that has a single shelf, suggesting a row of sterile cubicles...It all feels almost musical."