Former cooks Doug Chancellor and Jody Patterson spin their tales of working in “the kitchens of Mordor” while cooking up Thai green curry shrimp with sautéed sunchoke in the middle of Spectrum Gallery. The unique backdrop is exactly the type of experiment Rogue is made for.
“Dinner at Dick’s” is the first Rogue show for the bearded, tattooed Patterson. Long-haired Chancellor, who runs the blog Eating Out Fresno, has been part of Cap’n Scurvy shows in the past. Both have worked in restaurants around Fresno and the state, and shared stories that had the audience alternately laughing and cringing.
The former restaurant worker in me thinks everybody should see this show, if only to hear firsthand about the crap restaurant workers go through: 6:30 a.m. staff meetings to learn how to put the lobster on the left side of the plate, horrible managers, and losing the tips of your fingers in a deli slicer.
But the cringe-inspiring stories are entertaining too, with boldly honest tales of going to work drunk, working in a kosher-friendly restaurant with one knife and all sorts of other tales that might have you thinking twice about going out to dinner.
It’s an entertaining way to spend $5 and 45 minutes, even if health department rules won’t let them serve up the curry at the end of the show.
Show info: 8:45 p.m. Friday, 6:15 p.m., March 9 at Spectrum Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave., $5. Rating: R. [Details]