By far one of the most politically incorrect terms of my 80’s childhood – that I can remember – was the use of the word “vegetable” to describe an inanimate person. Something about likening a human being to a sedentary food product to illustrate lifelessness seemed wrong.
After watching War and Peas at the Fringe Festival (presented by Pocket Change Theatre Company) last night, I have to say that term no longer applies. For the human beings portraying vegetables in this production, ‘inanimate’ would be the last word used to describe them.
Take one part Toy Story – add it to one part of a healthier Aqua Teen Hunger Force – and some adorable puppets, and you have a product that is genuine, sweet, and innocent.
Collin Riley, Rocio Medina, Keenan Gibson, Roman Francis, Voytko Barrosse, Lorena Berger, Emily Berry, Rebecca Wahls, and Zachary Wilcox are deliciously delightful, and the production elements had a charming but surprising eye for detail. Director and Choreographer Ruthie Rado and Composer Vincent Rado have created an enjoyable (and low-calorie) show.
So yes – while there was nothing sedentary about these performers of the Pocket Change Theatre Company who called themselves “vegetables” for about an hour, it was clear that the skill sets planted in them during improvisation class, took root.
Running Time: 70 minutes.
War and Peas plays through Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Logan Fringe Arts Space: Upstairs – 1358 Florida Ave NE, in Washington, DC. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their Capital Fringe page.