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Diablo Review: Fishing at Emeryville's Periscope Cellars

Hilarious new play pokes fun at foodie culture.


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Leave the kids at home, and go Fishing. This hilarious, raunchy play by David J. Duman hits every comedic note there is, from subtle, dry, sardonic wit to several outlandish over-the-top moments reminiscent of British farce. Set in a seafood restuarant full of quirky characters, such as the sex-crazed waitress and the organically-grown-obsessed chef, the audience soon discovers that what goes on in the kitchen is more than your average bowl of chowder … especially when a kinky couple comes to dine, hoping to rekindle their sex-life with some good-old fashioned sustainable produce and fresh, un-farmed salmon. With plenty of jokes about the modern sustainable food craze, Fishing is a foodie's dream, and combines fresh, cultured humor with just the right amount of low-brow, laugh-out-loud comedy.

The theater itself is a small back room that doubles as a wine cellar, but this intimate setting adds to the charm of the performance as waiters walk through the aisles and audience members rest their glasses of wine on barrels. Before the show, patrons can enjoy free wine tasting and peruse the art gallery, which includes works by Robert Hunt and J.B. Lowe.

Fishing runs through March 14th at Periscope Cellars at 1410 62nd Street, Ste. B (at Hollis), Emeryville, CA 94608. Reservations may be made by visiting shop.periscopecellars.com or emailing FishingThePlay@gmail.com.

FISHING performances:
DOORS OPEN: 7:30pm. Play starts promptly at 8:00pm. Please be on time to minimize distraction.
2/13–3/14, Thursdays–Saturdays. Tickets $20, includes your first glass of wine!
Date special — $50, includes 2 tickets, a bottle of wine, and a special gift