Spoken word has gained a lot of popularity in the last ten years. It’s related to poetry, and some call it as a poetic monologue. This year the Fringe categorized the show, The Kitchen Table Plays, as spoken word. As a theatre-goer and poet I wasn't sure what to expect from the combination. Spoken word is rhythmic, while theatre is more abstract and free verse. To combine the two, it could be a huge flop.
With this mindset, I sat down in a little theatre tucked away in the Lower East Side on a rainy Tuesday night. In the end, I felt overwhelmed. The Kitchen Table Plays was the perfect balance of two things I love the most: theatre and poetry.
The Kitchen Table Plays took the idea of spoken word and infused and blended it throughout the show. The Kitchen Table Plays was nothing but four chairs, a few articles of clothing and a table. The rest was left in the hands of the actors and their power to connect with the audience. It made the play so intimate and relatable.
TUE 8/20 @ 3:45pm THU 8/22 @ 7:00pm FRI 8/23 @ 4:15pm