Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The King's Feast"

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"The King's Feast"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Hear ye, hear ye, the King is having a feast in Pawtucket, RI every Friday and Saturday evening with an open ended run. The King's Feast is an interactive experience from Medieval to Renaissance Ages. You will dine with the King as his court of wenches and fools serve you a six-course meal. They will also entertain you with bawdy and naughty skits written and directed by the multitalented Sean Kelley who formerly worked at the Medieval Manor in Boston and the former Cumberland Company of Rhode Island. They also sing some risque traditional songs that will leave you laughing all night long. The food is also out of this world and is so plentiful, you won't be able to eat a thing the next day. The drinks are plentiful as well and include your choice of house ale, white wine or non-alcoholic cider. All this takes place at Hose Company No. 6 with the owner/ chef Paul Gaudette preparing the delicious bill of fare of the night. This is the place to go for a trip back to Medieval times to see this seven member cast deliver excellent theater performances for an adult evening of entertainment.

Sean not only wrote and directed the show but also appears in it as Bob the Jester. (Some of the segments include a magic mirror, group singing, a dating game, a limerick song and a questionaire from a Wench magazine.) He is a very good actor who captures the attention of the crowd with his crazy antics while showing off good comic timing and wonderful pratfalls. The rest of this fantastic cast (which alternates with another cast on performance nights) does a super job with the songs ( done in beautiful harmonies) and their characterizations which they maintain all night long. (some of the adlibbing is very humorous especially when you never know what the audience will say or do) Sean's wife, Yvette, a pretty red head plays the feisty and bossy, Serena Wench and is also the group's business manager. Karen Gibson plays a hot to trot blond haired, Daisy Wench who flirts with the men in the crowd while spouting some racy lines and songs. Jen Harty, a pretty Irish lass plays Roisin Wench and she shows off her lovely soprano voice in a ballad with the King. King Edmond has just returned from the Crusades (read having flings with women) is played by Tim Danielson who has a booming and authoritative voice. Rusty the Idiot is played with wild abandon by Jay Menice who takes a lot of slaps and hits during the show. Rounding out the cast is the court minstrel, Wolfgang played by Shawn Hickey who provides excellent accompaniment for the singers and joins in some other numbers, too. The Medieval costumes are gorgeous and help create the atmosphere of that bygone era.

I don't want to give away too much of the performance material so I won't spoil what happens but I can tell you about the food. The meal served for this show is definitely fit for a King. Your meal consists of garlic bread chips, seasonal vegetables, ( raw carrots and broccoli with a dip) tomato soup and crusty homemade bread (perfect for spooning the soup with), steamed mussels with a butter dip, beef in a stroganoff sauce, (my personal favorite) salad, a roasted half chicken and a pastry puff filled with whipped cream for dessert. Paul Gaudette and his wife bought Hose Company No. 6 in 1999. The restaurant is housed in a restored firehouse which was built in 1895 and was converted into a restaurant in 1975. The wooden beams, high ceiling and brick walls make for a perfect setting for "The King's Feast". So for an evening of fabulous food and theater, be sure to get to this show. At only $35 per person, it is definitely a bargain for what you get in return. Be sure to tell them Tony sent you.

"The King's Feast" ( open-ended run on Friday and Saturday evenings)
KING'S FEAST. INC.
Hose Company No. 6, 636 Central Avenue, PAWTUCKET R I
1 (401) 722-7220

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