Part of FringeNYC: A murder farce for our locavore age! When the founder of a food coop in liberal Brooklyn is found dead inside the solar-powered Gore 3000 freezer, the ensuing free-range investigation is part Agatha Christie and part Julia Child. More…
Categories: Comedy, Musical/Opera, Local. From Neo-Shtick Theater. Written by Gersh Kuntzman and Marc Dinkin. Directed by Eric Oleson.
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Part of FringeNYC: A murder farce for our locavore age! When the founder of a food coop in liberal Brooklyn is found dead inside the solar-powered Gore 3000 freezer, the ensuing free-range investigation is part Agatha Christie and part Julia Child (and part "Colombo," if the great detective had been sleeping with all his suspects). "Murder at the Food Coop" is by the same team that did the award-winning 2005 Fringe Festival hit, "SUV: The Musical."
"'Murder at the Food Co-op' is a funny, though certainly imperfect, comedy...Yes, all the obvious targets for the neighborhood’s legions of haters are here...but they are gently, almost lovingly, mocked...Director Eric Oleson does a stellar job keeping all the balls in motion as subplots bounce off in riotous directions, and the lyrics by Marc Dinkin are consistently outstanding—and much better than the dialogue...Kuntzman uses one-and two-liners to the detriment of getting the story told." Full Review
"Seeing 'Murder at the Food Co-Op' is a bit like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry. Everything is a bit too colorful and loud, and you end up with junk food that doesn’t really satisfy. Though the imperfections of the show are real, there are many redeeming factors. For an audience member who loves one-liners, campy humor, and puns, this show can be a light romp, providing silly songs and energetic performances that chew the scenery like so much kale." Full Review
"'Murder at the Food Coop' suffers from too large a cast of characters, preventing most from getting more than one musical number's worth of attention...The music is catchy but not terribly remarkable…Some moments of satire in the musical are absolutely spot-on, though much of the humor is simple and generic…While this musical has a great deal going against it, it is still a joy to watch, its occasional moments of startling insight brightening up a largely lighthearted, fun musical." Full Review
See it if you like quirky characters and hilarious situations or if you think Law and Order would make great musical. Foodies are welcome!
Don't see it if you are snob against Brooklyn hipsters or hate bubblegum pop musicals with 60's rock n roll vibe (drums, piano, electric guitar).
See it if you want a couple great, funny songs in a generally well-developed musical led by its two amazing leading actresses. I give it a B+/B grade.
Don't see it if you want everyone to sing well (only two did), dislike some overplayed banal puns, and want the entire cast to be strong and interesting.
See it if you are a foodie New Yorker who loves send ups of so many song and story references - my favorite was To Serve Vita-Man .
Don't see it if you don't like unnecessary over miked singers. And music that competes rather than accompanies the words.
See it if have high tolerance for no A,C., like mere volume where comedy should be, take to heart & wallet reviews written by schills for the show
Don't see it if you care to understand lyrics, storyline, humor
See it if you like madcap farce, an energetically staged small-scale musical, and over-the-top satire of politically correct foodies.
Don't see it if you believe the Park Slope Food Coop can save the world or you expect musical actors to have decent voices and enunciate the lyrics clearly.
See it if you like to laugh, appreciate the silliness of 'all natural, superorganic, free range, non-gmo' entertainment
Don't see it if if you had kale for breakfast, and drink boiled artic spring water bottled by unwashed eskimos
See it if You are a foodie, a liberal, a resident of Park Slope, and if you are a member of a food coop, it's a must-see
Don't see it if You're looking for a profound, serious dramatic experience
See it if Looking for a fun and funny well-played and well-sung musical with strong and clear characters enmeshed in a tale of passionate local lore.
Don't see it if You don't get a program at the door - good for learning more about the show AND fanning yourself if it gets too hot.
See it if your enjoyment of the songs, singing, and performance will outweigh your feelings about the (somewhat lackluster) dialogue.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedic musicals or if you are short and can't arrive early (the stage is low, making for poor visibility from many seats).