Physis Productions presents
Selections from the Chezl’Aisselle and A Bit of Crime and Punishment
By Zach Hudson
FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 30 @ 7:30pm; Feb 1 @ 1pm
VENUE: The Siren Theatre
315 NW Davis St, Portland OR 97209
Selections from the Chez l’Aisselle presents songs from The Chez l’Aisselle, a comedic operetta in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Snooty restaurateur D’Oyly Fitzgibbon thinks his new Portland restaurant is going to bring haute cuisine to new heights. Suddenly his daughter Helena shows up, announcing her engagement to a lowbrow celebrity chef. Then a new cook accidentally gives the kitchen staff food poisoning, and a food critic turns out to be D’Oyly’s ex-wife, bent on revenge. It falls to a creative sous-chef, Sue (in love with Helena), to recruit Maroun and his son Nassim (in love with Sue) from the food cart outside to save the day. A Bit of Crime and Punishment presents songs from Crime and Punishment, a hard-rock adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. In 1860s Russia, a young man named Raskolnikov kills and robs a pawnbroker, convinced that it can be justified for the “greater good.” As the police investigate, he moves from smugness to torment. Meanwhile, Sonya, a kind-hearted prostitute, loses her father and then stepmother, and has to care for her younger siblings, and Raskolnikov’s sister Dunya is caught between a bad marriage and an evil suitor.