Everyone has a comfort zone, and I stepped out of it last night when I attended Café Da Po Po for the first time. I’m an observer at heart, and I was a little concerned that the interactive nature of “theatre à la carte” (a concept where the actors come to your table and perform the scenes or songs that you’ve ordered off a menu) would require more of me than I’m comfortable giving. I need not have worried. My initial unease at having “Moments in the Woods” from Sondheim’s Into the Woods sung inches away from me (Where do I look? Should I smile? Are people looking over here?) gave way to the realization that the performance was immediate, exciting and really good. Next up was some schtick delivered to the table by the wise Dr. Krapp who proceeded to give some advice on how to ease the tension in my family. Vigorous bell-ringing and duck-squeezing was required, and I found myself relaxing into the spirit of the evening. The last item was a scene from Antigone, solemnly delivered from behind masks. It was riveting theatre made more so by the proximity of the actors. In between, we enjoyed beer, nachos and other people's theatrical treats taking place throughout the room. Sometimes it pays to try something new. Why not start with next month’s Café Da Po Po?
Café Da Po Po happens on the last Thursday of each month at Menz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street
Visit www.cafedapopo.blogspot.com for details.