Richard is a gonzo foodie, a guy who insists on the best ingredients. So to get the freshest meat, he brings home a fidgeting live lamb in a cardboard box. He wants his reluctant wife to calm the animal while he picks up a gleaming knife and, well, you know…
“You’re going to have to help me here…”
“I should really get these peppers in the…”
“Carl’s here’s got some feist in him…”
“Lots of spunk and vigor.”
“You named it?”
(pause) “You name what you love. This is a very intimate thing I’m about to do here…”
When friends arrive for dinner, Richard’s wife is filled with regret -- and starts quoting Lady Macbeth. Her friend is concerned.
“Sweetie, what is this… what is happening here. What are you crying at, honey lamb?”
Food is just the start in this outrageous comedy, as long-suppressed urges surface as the wine flows. Each member of the two yuppie couples harbors a hidden desire for the other one’s spouse, and when visceral urges take over, the dinner party becomes a demolition derby. Subtle its not, but if chaos and belly-laughs are what you’re after, this unrestrained satire will fill the bill. Think of it as a decadent dessert, with a bit of raw meat on the side.
(Music: "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads)
"Hunter Gatherers" continues at Capital Stage on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento through June 27th.