A sprig of spinach
A slice of radish
Whiff of ginger
Paw of rabbit
Down the hatch
A lot happens in this one-act musical: dancing, drumming, singing -- all in a quick aggressive pace that never slows down, moves the story forward and keeps our attention. So do the lighting effects, transporting us from the pitch black to the vampirish white to the soft shade of the love scenes. The cast works well together, especially when performing the Red-Eye dance in complete darkness, creating a believable illusion of dozens of hungry red eyes glowing in the infinite wilderness. A charmingly poetic old English script, executed in the best traditions of Stomp, has a lot to offer, but there is only one thing it doesn’t do.
It never explains what Salamander Stew really is.
When it doubt, Google it. According to Urban Dictionary, Salamander Stew is a code name for sex. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not. What do you think?