‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ is Theatre of the Absurd in New York City

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is the legit title of a little off-off Broadway show now playing at the Soho Playhouse in New York City after a successful run at the NYC Fringe Festival last summer.

The plot goes something like this: It is 1956 and somewhere in middle America the “widows” of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein (played by  Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, Thea Lux, and Maari Suorsa) are having their annual quiche breakfast. Why quiche? Well, as the leader of the society tells the audience, “The egg is as close to the Lord Jesus as a piece of food can get.” Everything is peachy until an atomic bomb hits and all of a sudden the women are facing possible starvation with all but one of the quiches locked on the outside of a self-sealing door.

Although 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche feels like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch, it somehow manages to be simultaneously absurdest parody, socially conscious, touching and totally original. It also is darkly comic as the characters parody the stereotypes of repressed 1950s women, literally taking a nuclear attack to force the ladies into coming out to themselves and each other. The playwrights (oddly, two men) have an interesting way of desensitizing the word “lesbian,” with randomly chosen male and female audience members declaring “I’m a lesbian” from their seats in the final minutes of the show. I told you it’s weird, but worth it.

5 Lesbians is running at the Soho Playhouse through November 20. I guarantee you will never look at a quiche the same way again.


Before you go! Did you like what you just read? We keep Autostraddle majority free-to-read, but it isn't free to create! And yet most readers don't support this indie queer site. Will you be one of the people who do? A+ membership starts at just $4/month or $30/year and they literally keep us from closing. Will you join? Cancel anytime.

Join A+


Jess is a pop culture junkie living in New York City. She enjoys endless debates about The L Word, Howard Stern, new techy gadgets, DVR, exploring the labyrinth of the Lesbian Internet, memoirs, working out, sushi, making lists, artsy things, anything Lady Gaga touches, traveling, puppies, and nyc in the fall. Find her on Twitter @jessxnyc or via email.

Jess has written 240 articles for us.


  1. Hooray! I used to work with Thea. I am totally hipstering this when I say that I saw the original run of this, and then saw it again right before they headed to NY. It’s amazing and hilarious and very freeing to shout “I am a lesbian!” with about 100 other people at once.

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!