(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/23.)
“Is that gluten free?” asked a woman behind me, in response to an offer of peanut butter on toast offered by one of the cast members of “Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good).” Before the show begins, the audience is invited to take a tour of the stage cum movie studio where it will be performed.
“There’s no such thing as gluten in the 1960s,” came the answer, delivered with a smile and just a little bit of British cheek.
The movie studio on the stage at the Public Theater, where this smart, goofy and surprisingly moving show is playing through Feb. 5, is a makeshift mockup of Andy Warhol’s Factory, or at least the filmmaking component of it, around 1965. Nobody had heard of the evils of gluten back when that turbulent decade was beginning to swing, and Warhol was churning out movies almost as quickly as he was slapping down silk-screens. Probably nobody at the Factory had heard of the evils of amphetamines either.