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“There’s gonna be hell to pay…if Nicky knew!”

FIVE COURSE LOVE tells the story of five entangled encounters with love in five different restaurants. Three actors play fifteen different characters, all on the hunt for one true Love. The evening begins at Dean s Old-Fashioned All-American Down Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, where a blind date goes char-broiled wrong. Next, at the Trattoria Pericolo, a mob wife has a secret rendezvous behind her husband s back. At Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz, a waiter, a sexy German siren, and her kept man discover at the same hilarious moment that they are all dating each other. In Ernesto s Cantina, a hill bandit and his rival battle for the hand of the beautiful Rosalinda. And at the Star-Lite Diner, a waitress pines for her true love and gets a little help from Cupid in making her dreams come true.

(pictured right: Jeff Gurner, Heather Ayers, and John Bolton in the 2005 Off-Broadway production at the Minetta Lane Theater. photo: Richard Termine )

Jeff Gurner, John Bolton, Heather Ayers


Curtain Speech     
A Very Single Man     
Dean's Old-Fashioned All-American Down Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats     
Jumpin' The Gun     
I Loved You When I Thought Your Name Was Ken     
Morning Light     
If Nicky Knew     
Give Me This Night     
Nicky Knows     
NO Is A Word I Don't Fear     
Der Bumsen-Kratzentanz     
Risk Love     
Gretchen's Lament     
The Ballad of Guillermo     
Come Be My Love     
Pick Me     
The Blue Flame     
True Love At The Starlite Tonight     
It's A Mystery     
Love Looking Back At Me     

“Pleasantly fluffy… catchy, zippy tunes and daffy choreography…Heather Ayers turns it into a potentially star-making vehicle. Her versatile, big-voiced performance in five roles might make Kristin Chenoweth want to check the rearview mirror…”

“FEAST ON ‘FIVE COURSE LOVE’…The cast of three play 15 different characters in different restaurants in different countries to hilarious effect… John Bolton is amazing…Heather Ayers and Jeff Gurner are also great…Writer/composer Gregg Coffin, director Emma Griffin, and the entire creative team deserves kudos…a smashing production!”

“From the melodious voices cleverly intoning the exit door and cell phone injunctions, you know the show to follow is going to be good. And it is…This fast-paced, intermissionless, nearly sung-through musical comprises five vignettes, each taking place in a different eatery with a soundtrack to match. A lonely cab driver looks for love to a foot-stomping country beat. A “Sopranos”-like wife cheats on her husband to some pop-opera emoting. A German waiter’s affair with a dominatrix turns kinkier when, to Bavarian strains, they discover they’re having an affair with the same man. A Zorro-like bandito and a milquetoast waiter fight over a vapid señorita in a wacky Spanish operetta. And a bookwormish waitress falls for a shellacked hip-swiveler to Elvis-like vibrations…A mercurial — and strong-voiced — cast of three plays all the parts: Heather Ayers and John Bolton are the lovers, and Jeff Gurner the waiters…Gregg Coffin’s pastiche score is tuneful, his lyrics witty, and the overall construction solid, while music director Fred Tessler whips things along. Though most of the songs are deliciously silly, Coffin provides a few, such as “The Blue Flame,” that deliver unexpected poignancy. The show bears some resemblance to “The Musical of Musicals” with its five distinct segments…Under Emma Griffin’s sharp direction, “Five Course Love” scores each of its comic points. Mindy Cooper’s clever choreography matches the eclectic score with varying styles…G.W. Mercier designed the culinary-flavored set — swinging kitchen doors, a raised platform for the band, the stage apron bedecked with cutlery, and a festive light-bedecked arch — which is lit adeptly by Mark Barton. Mercier’s costumes add considerably to the fun…The show could have a profitable life after New York, although Ayers, Bolton, and Gurner will be tough to beat.”

“Three wonderful performers so versatile that they seem like en entire troupe make “Five Course Love” into a hearty entertainment meal…Gregg Coffin’s book is hilarious…Here’s an offbeat show that is great fun…”

“…A burlesque quality…an almost vaudevillian skit structure…The performers display exceptional vocal prowess in the diversity of music that one finds here…”

“Artfully silly and genuinely funny…The score is bolstered by clever lyrics…lightning-fast costume changes…hilarious and imaginative.”

“Genuinely heartwarming…clever direction…cheeky choreography…it just wants its cast and audience to have a good time…an enormously talented three-person cast, all three are dynamic triple threats, so utterly malleable in voice and physicality…An undercurrent of unrequited love runs throughout the show, piercing the often blistering, breakneck comedy on offer and creating moments of surprising seriousness and sentimentality. Three songs in particular – “Morning Light,” for a well-meaning geek; “Gretchen’s Lament” for a deflated Deutsche diva; and the haunting “The Blue Flame,” a fireside ballad of aching regret – are distinctive, tuneful, and highly memorable.”

“It’s a cute, diverting, fast-paced little show…alternately silly and sweet, raunchy and romantic…sweetly sincere…Coffin proves that he can write in a range of musical idioms…”

“It’s as fluffy as mousse and often just as delicious…a clever little roundelay…wonderfully silly… delightful…costuming is spot-on throughout…ingenious, minimal set…a great first-date musical…packed with witty lyrics and shared mayhem…”

“In Five Course Love, Gregg Coffin’s light and campy musical comedy, we get an evening that is more than entertaining—it’s a ton of fun. The spotlight shines on Coffin’s lyrics and music, with kudos going to the three actors who sparkle in all 15 roles…The story is a vehicle for Coffin’s real strength—lyrics and music—and he delivers a trunk load of campy humor, because in Five Course Love the right people have come together to make it work. Emma Griffin’s fine direction gives it gratifying polish. She takes nothing for granted, demanding accelerated pace, volcanic energy, and precision from start to finish. She knows how to use broad gestures and pushes a little further than expected for well-deserved laughs. She extracts impeccable timing from the cast, reducing the most jaded to downright giggles…It is not only the crisp direction and excellent performances of the actors, or the romp of Coffin’s music/lyrics. Mindy Cooper delivers inventive choreography that keeps the actors on their toes. All this energy radiates into the audience for 80 minutes of fun…the eveing ends on a high note that brings the show full circle…Five Course Love is more than a pleasing hors d’oeuvre. The excellent actors offer delightful campy performances, drawing well-earned laughs. Add intelligent lyrics, appealing music, clever choreography, and energy—what’s not to love?

“Nonstop silliness…for its cast of three the fifteen parts in five different musical styles are a strut-your-stuff feast…It’s the performers’ versatility and energy in executing the segues from one musical genre to another that makes the at times inspired silliness work…Under Emma Griffin’s nimble direction, a few chairs and tables are all that’s needed to effect the culinary scene shifts…diverse and spirited performances…the music is pleasant with several standouts like Bolton and Ayers’ operatic “Give Me This Night” and the Brechtian “Gretchen’s Lament.” (Ayers again). The riffs on the various musical styles do add a special something to this homage to the likes of Johnny Carson and Carol Burnett…”

“…The ingredients are all there in FIVE COURSE LOVE…a pretty tasty experience…the clever musical score shifts genres as needed…Coffin’s music and lyrics are consistently fun and engaging, and the talented performers throw so much comic flair and gusto into their caricatures that they’re utterly irresistible…”

“Equal parts musical and delightful comedy, Five Course Love takes three actors and casts them as fifteen characters in a total of five scenes. Playwright Gregg Coffin smartly weaves everything together by adding a touch of madcap whimsy and then setting it all to music, to hilarious effect. Set in a series of ethnically diverse restaurants, Five Course Love follows the romantic entanglements of five pairs of would-be lovers. In between food and kitchen mishaps, love desperately tries to find its partner. The playwright has written a crowd-pleasing gem that hits all the right notes. His marriage of music and screwball comedy gives birth to an over-the-top world populated by lovable losers, hot-to-trot hussies, mob molls, German sex perverts, lusty Latin lovers, and innocuous ingénues. The exuberant music skillfully spans every genre from country to cabaret to pop to opera. The cast is sublime. Playing every moment to the hilt, they mine the script for all it’s worth. The immensely talented cast flaunts impeccable comedic timing and well-rounded voices that slide in and out of characters effortlessly. The incomparable Heather Ayers plays the seductress, the girl-next door, or a dominatrix, and is a comedic revelation in each role. John Bolton successfully disappears into each of his five different roles despite his distinctive, hulking presence. Jeff Gurner hilariously plays a variation of a waiter five times with precise timing and an arsenal of dead-on dialects. Emma Griffin directs with purpose, guiding her actors to polished performances. Mindy Cooper’s simple choreography shines, particularly during “Der Bumsen-Kratzentanz,” an imaginative kaleidoscope of depravity. G.W. Mercier’s austere and versatile set design, charmingly accented by a border of shining cutlery, perfectly sets the scene. Mercier’s costumes are inspired, right down to the last rhinestone and lederhosen detail. Five Course Love, albeit thin on plot, never fails to entertain. It’s the theatrical equivalent of cotton candy and with its clever conclusion and heart as big as a Vegas buffet. Five Course Love serves up a satisfying meal.”

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Book, Music & Lyrics by GREGG COFFIN

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Five Course Love at Dramatists Play Service

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