You don’t have to leave Tribeca for a top notch drama with dinner thrown in. The Flea Theater is mounting what can only be described as an epic production, the New York premiere of “These Seven Sicknesses” by Sean Craney with a running time of 5 hours. The theatre, realizing the challenge of watching a show based on Sophocles’ seven surviving plays on an empty stomach, has partnered with Taste of Tribeca restaurant Macao Trading Co to provide supper at the intermission. Another Taste favorite Billy’s Bakery will be serving cupcakes in the second interval and it’s all for the bargain price of $40 a ticket. The show opens on January 29th and runs to February 12th.
As you feed your intellect with the vagaries of Oedipus, Ajax, Elektra, Antigone and more, you’ll be able to partake of more worldly sustenance in the form of a vegan dinner at the first intermission made by Macao. The play is described as "a witty and relevant interpretation of the classics which provides an epic examination of the past and a window on the present".
The food meanwhile will be from Macao’s outstanding East Asian repertoire and will be served by members of the cast. Imagine the thrill of Oedipus as your waiter!
Macao Trading Co also provides it own drama at its Church St restaurant. It takes as its inspiration the former Portuguese colony at the southern tip of China with a delicious blend of Portuguese and Asian flavors. Try the bacalao carpaccio and kabocha dumplings for appetizers to experience the full range of this eatery’s eclectic selection in just one course. Move on to melt in the mouth wagyu steak and the unforgettably named “Ants climbing a tree”, a scrumptious spicy noodle and pork dish.
But it’s not just the food that makes Macao a great night out. The 1920s inspired décor suggests someone might offer to sell you a diamond at any moment or invite you to a private poker game at a members only casino. Bohochic booths with carved backs feel as though they are secret corners in an ancient temple but the music and cocktails bring you back to the present.
Back at the Flea, just when your strength might be waning, the play will break for a second interval and the reviving pleasures of Billy’s Bakery cupcakes as a complementary dessert. It all sounds like an unforgettable evening for body and soul.