How Do You Build a Better Restaurant for a Play about at Restaurant?
How do you build a better restaurant for a play set in a restaurant? You go out and get people who work in restaurants to do it, that’s how.
And that is exactly what the folks at the George Street Playhouse, in New Brunswick, did for the play Clyde’s that goes into previews on January 31 and runs through February 19th at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
Clyde’s, written by Lynn Nottage, is the story of a highway-side sandwich shop restaurant owner who wants to give ex-convicts a second chance in life. To do that, he hires a whole bunch of them to run his restaurant. There is immediate strain between the owner and one of the ex-cons and that’s the story of the play, along with the tale of how the ex-cons vie with each other to create the world’s perfect sandwich.