"Food, Glorious Food": South Korean Cookin' to Open at Minetta Lane in Feb. 2004

News   "Food, Glorious Food": South Korean Cookin' to Open at Minetta Lane in Feb. 2004 The South Korean physical comedy Cookin', which played a limited engagement this fall at the New Victory Theater, is headed for an open ended run at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Cookin' will begin performances at the Off-Broadway theatre Feb. 20, 2004, reports The New York Times. Cookin' will join such other cooking-themed shows as Jonathan Reynolds' Dinner with Demons and Ed Schmidt's The Last Supper, which play, respectively, the Second Stage Theatre and a Chelsea kitchenette on West 27th Street. Cookin' played the New Victory on West 42nd Street Sept. 25-Oct. 19, 2003. That theatre's website describes the farce thusly: "Charged with preparing an entire wedding banquet in just one hour, four chefs begin a manic menu of non-stop, high-speed action that whips up into a delicious all you-can-eat buffet of infectious rhythms. Every utensil becomes an ingredient in their recipe for heart-pounding traditional Korean samulnori drumming, spiced up with a dash of modern rock and a pinch of jazz. In their distracted frenzy, the cooks pound knives against giant wooden cutting boards, spewing shredded veggies across the stage. They joust, kung-fu style, with broomsticks. They juggle fruit, fling plates like Frisbees and mix the audience into their antics."

Cookin' was created in Seoul, Korea, in 1997 where it became the longest-running show in Korea's history. The original New Victory cast featured Kang Il Kim, Won Hae Kim, Choo Ja Seo, Yo Yeoul Sul and Bum Chan Lee.