Welcome to Henderson Tessier McGuire & Smythe’s annual Christmas cocktail party, held at the gracious home of managing partner George Smythe and his lovely wife Buffy. It’s The Catering Gig From Hell.
Behind the scenes is Melanie, McKinley Catering’s supervisor, plating up hors d’oeuvres and juggling her career as a writer, her ex-boyfriend’s appearance on the arm of a gorgeous young lawyer and her friends’ expectations. Oh, and Cynthia’s there too, an actress not so happy to be wearing the catering bowtie, sniping at their old roommate Timothy, who’s making his first catering appearance in years. Eric’s there too, but he’s never a problem–Eric is the unflappable uber-caterer. Or is he? There’s Christmas cheer, sex, romance, death, laughter, a vast array of appetizers and a whole lot of vodka and wine. But not for nothing is Mel known as… The Catering Queen.
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News & Reviews
“This playwright knows her canapes! If you’ve been yearning to see a well-made comedy again–you know, the kind with a beginning, middle and end and a whole lot of laughs in between–then you ought to run, not walk, to The Catering Queen.” —Toronto Star
About the Author
Alison Lawrence is a writer, actor, and independent theatre producer. She is the co-creator of bittergirl and Bittergirl — the Musical (with Annabel Griffiths and Mary Francis Moore). Lawrence’s other plays include: The Thing Between Us (shortlisted for the Playwright Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award,) Piece by Piece, The Catering Queen, (Pick of the Fringe and NOW Magazine’s Outstanding New Play), and And All For Love. Alison lives in Toronto.