Review: The Windy City Playhouse Presents A Recipe for Disaster at Petterino’s (Through December 31, 2021)

The Contumacious Pig is hosting a big influencer night. They have a special menu planned for the big event. But right from the get go, things start to go wrong. The pig they have does not have a USDA sticker and the health inspector has just shown up. The soup tastes very bland. The chef is acting very strangely. The problems just keep piling up.

Photos by Kyle Flubacker

The plot is a comical farce like The Doppelgänger (an international farce). However, in this case, the action just isn’t that funny. The jokes are just too easy. Also, part of the issue is multiple conversations happening at the same time. In their production of Southern Gothic, this wasn’t an issue because the conversations were taking place in different rooms. However, in this case there is only one room and it’s difficult to focus on any one conversation.

On the other hand, the food designed by Rick Bayless is excellent. It was even more food than expected. While their website says six bite-size tastings, in truth, four of them are much larger than bite size. I’d say have only half a meal or less before coming to the show. In addition, there are three wine and cocktail pairings designed by Lanie Bayless. All this is enough to justify half the price of the ticket.

Cost of a ticket: $110
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for A Recipe for Distaster through December 31st.

Quinn Delaney

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