'Five Course Love' Serves Up Hilarious Fare

'Five Course Love' Serves Up Hilarious Fare 


Thursday, February 1, 2018


SOCORRO, N.M. – Love is unpredictable, sometimes secretive and comes in many forms, features, and, some would say, flavors, as food and love are inextricably entwined.

This Valentine’s Day week, explore l’amore with a merry romp through “Five Course Love,” presented by New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series (PAS) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Macey Center.

As presented by the Scaffolding Theater Company, Five Course Love features three versatile actors playing 15 wacky characters in a five-mini-musical format, each as different from the others as the forms of love itself.


The cast of 'Five Course Love' is Megan McQueen, Algernon D'Ammassa, and Brandon Brown.



To enhance the ambiance of the evening, partake of the gourmet dinner prepared by Chartwells and sponsored by Tech Club Macey beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Galena Room of Macey Center. The special menu features a garden salad, glazed pork loin, basmati rice pilaf, garlic-roasted squash and apple strudel.

This dinner is ticketed separately from the performance: $20/person for TCM Members and $25/person for non-members. Please purchase tickets by Monday, Feb. 5, by calling 835-5688.

“Every year, the PAS brings a Valentine’s Day-themed show to town, and this one is particularly clever and entertaining,” PAS Director Ronna Kalish said. “I’ve worked with Scaffolding Theater co-founder and artistic director Megan McQueen for several years, and have a lot of respect for her.”

As a side note, McQueen is married to Matt Reiter, formerly of Socorro, who assists his spouse as a member of the production crew. McQueen also directed the recent “Beauty and the Beast” production and is a music professor at New Mexico State University.

Featured actors are McQueen, Algernon D’Ammassa and Brandon Brown. Mark Klett plays keyboard, with James Gier on bass and Derrick Lee on percussion.

“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.” – Lyle Lovett

The evening begins at Dean’s Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, where a blind date goes, shall we say, char-broiled wrong (been there, done that, anyone?)


'Five Course Love ' is a collection of vignettes all about the difficulties of romance. 


Featured musical numbers are “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” and “Morning Light.”

D’Ammassa plays Matt with Brown as Dean and McQueen as Barbie.

“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Let’s move down the boulevard to La Trattoria Pericolo, with its sweet scent of pomodorina sauce and basil, where Gino (D’Ammassa), the mob boss’s right-hand man, is having an affair with Sofia (McQueen), the mob boss’s wife (Dio mio!). Brown plays Carlo.

The accompanying musical numbers foreshadow what will happen onstage: “If Nicky Knew,” “Give Me this Night,” and “Nicky Knows.”  

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.” – Nora Ephron

Over at Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz, where the menu offers the finest in German schnitzel and sauerbraten, a waiter, a dominatrix and her kept man discover at the same hilarious moment that they are all dating each other. McQueen plays Gretchen, D’Ammasso plays Klaus with Brown as Heimlich.

Again, the song list accompanies the action on stage: “Shelter-Lied,” “‘No’ is a Word I Don’t Fear,” “Der Bumsenkratzentanz,” “Risk Love” and “Gretchen’s Lament.”

“It’s absolutely unfair for women to say that guys only want one thing: sex. We also want food.” – Jarod Kintz.

Meanwhile, giddy-up over to Ernesto’s Cantina with its salsas and cervezas, and witness one of the age-old dilemmas for women: the good guy or the bad guy? Which shall I choose?

Our heroine Rosalinda (McQueen) is forced to choose between the bandit Guillermo (D’Ammassa) or the solid but predictable Ernesto (Brown).

Accompanying musical numbers are “The Ballad of Guillermo,” “Come Be My Love,” “Pick Me,” and “The Blue Flame.”

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

Enter the Star-Lite Diner, an everyman’s eatery one might envision Detective Columbo visiting, you’ll find the kindly proprietor Pops (Brown); Kitty (McQueen), searching for her mystery date; and Clutch (D’Ammasso).

Pops manages to find a happy ending for the intended couple.

Featured songs are “True Love at the Star-Lite,” “It’s a Mystery,” “Medley” and “Love Looking Back at Me.”

“As you can tell from the names of the restaurants and the song titles, Five Course Love is a humorous look at love from the point of view of the couples who meet, or meet up, at the five restaurants,” Kalish said. “Because, as we all know, love and lovers are often a strange and amusing lot. At best.”

Sponsors for “Five Course Love” are the Anne Sullivan Bronze Memorial, AMEC Foster Wheeler, the NMT Graduate Student Association, the NMT Student Government Association, New Mexico Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Best Western.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for youths. New Mexico Tech students will be admitted free with their student ID at the door, or can pick up one ticket each at the New Mexico Tech Bookstore.

Tickets also can be purchased online at nmtpas.org or at the following locations: PAS office, New Mexico Tech Cashier (Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, and Sofia’s Kitchen.