Love on the Menu

In Five Course Love, romance happens over everything from barbecue to burgers.

love on the menu

Minneapolis Musical Theatre artistic director Steven Meerdink has a real gift for discovering and presenting quirky, unknown musicals. Such is the case with Five Course Love, five one-act musicals set in five different restaurants, in which three actors explore a wide variety of romantic relationships.

Meerdink has been following the career of composer/author Gregg Coffin since MMT produced his Convenience in 2006. “He writes sung-through shows, which I love, and he’s good at changing the atmosphere through music. I just love the feel of it.”

The restaurant settings are as diverse as Dean’s Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats and Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz and the Star-Lite Diner, with characters that include a mob wife having a secret rendezvous behind her husband’s back, a dominatrix and her kept man, and Cupid helping a waitress make her dreams come true. The musical styles vary as well, from down-home country to naughty German cabaret to ’50s pop. “It’s five different flavors of love and five different characters of music,” Meerdink says. Jan. 24–Feb. 16. New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-455-9501,