Cop-pout phrase: everything. But I really appreciated the live cooking as a storytelling device and not as props. That could easily have been corny, but this was like being at a live taping of the Barefoot Contessa if she decided to just talk about her life.
What I didn't like
I mean… look, she was even sharp enough to not pass out the coriander to the audience. Not sure there’s much I’d change here. Maybe more audience – so GO SEETHIS!!
My overall impression
Up front: Brigette was my Scholarship mentee for 2019. I had no creative connection to the show.
Holy cow this show is great. Not only is the story of a girl discovering her heritage interesting, especially through the lens of cultural food dishes, but Brigette is a fantastic storyteller! She’s honest, connected, and it’s hard to believe that the show isn’t a first-hand account with her simply walking us through the most important moment in her life.
A tight script and fluid direction by Chambers Stevens along with Brigette’s openness and easy relationship with the audience makes PHOGIRL an eye-opening, informative, and if you’re lucky enough to sit in the right spot, tasty evening of theater. Highly recommended!