The Public’s ‘Slow Food’ Online Film Opens (Tues., 10/5/21)

SLOW FOOD (filmed production online) by Wendy MacLeod. Pittsburgh Public Theater. Oct. 5 – 17.

Would you trust this man to bring you a spanakopita? Jason Shavers is the waiter in 'Slow Food.' (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Would you trust this man to bring you a spanakopita? Jason Shavers is the waiter in ‘Slow Food.’ (Photo courtesy of the artist)

When Andy Warhol was asked if he ate fast food, he said “No, I eat food fast.” He probably would’ve identified with the frustrations depicted in Slow Food. In this comedy by Wendy MacLeod, a man and woman arrive at a nice restaurant frazzled by the day’s hassles and hoping to do more than just dine. They’re ready to devour. But lo and be-slow, they get a waiter who insists on explaining, negotiating, and micromanaging every menu item while engaging in personal conversation that is irrelevant to the satisfaction of hunger. Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Slow Food online. This has allowed the play to be filmed at an actual restaurant, Con Alma in the Cultural District. Daina Michelle Griffith and Daniel Krell play the famished couple with Jason Shavers as the waiter. Online tickets to Slow Food give you on-demand viewing access from October 5 to 17. Although the production isn’t live on stage, think of it as a grand- finale bridge from our recent era of virtual theater. And there’s a consolation prize: Tickets include free access to an online cooking lesson by Con Alma chef Tasso Athans.