Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
Desi Oakley succeeds as Jenna. Her singing voice is rich and filled with emotion; however, her ability to connect with the audience was kept at arm’s length.
Bryan Fenkart is engaging and awkward as Dr. Pomatter.
The supporting cast is the best part of the show. Jenna’s coworkers, Becky (Charity Angel Dawson) and Dawn (Lenne Kingaman) definitely earn the laughs every time they are on stage. The audience favorite was Jeremy Morse as Ogie, Dawn’s goofy love interest.
Nurse Norma, hilariously played by Maisha McQueen, injects comedy every time she interrupts the inappropriate doctor- patient relationship of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter.
The songs by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles are simple, pleasing, and narratively tell the story. Most of the songs are forgettable, except for one “She Used to Be Mine.”
The set changes move effortlessly around the stage and the six-member band slides back and forth onto the stage.
Waitress serves up several slices of delicious pie, filled with “Sugar..…Butter..…Flour…” but you may still leave the theatre still feeling a little hungry.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hrs 30 min (includes intermission)
Tickets for Waitress are currently on sale and can be purchased through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA. Waitress will play a limited two week engagement now through March 4, 2018.