The Show Must Go On: Fire At Slidell’s Café Luke Won’t Stop Play Opening
SLIDELL, LA – When Café Luke suffered a kitchen fire at its Old Town Slidell restaurant last month, owners Rickie and Ginger Luke and the cast of the upcoming dinner theatre comedy “Chef's Surprise” feared the Friday, March 10 opening would have to be canceled.
With the help of the Village Church Lutheran, 29180 US-190, in Lacombe, Louisiana, the show will go on, opening this Friday at 6:30 p.m.
“We're very grateful to the leaders and congregation of Village Church in allowing us to use their space and kitchen,” Rickie Luke said. “We look forward to sharing Ginger's fabulous cooking with diners and audience members this weekend and on March 24 and 25.”
“Chef's Surprise” is an original murder mystery comedy complete with audience-character interaction. As the name suggests, it’s full of surprises. Local playwright James Hartman created the script in 2004 specifically for the Luke family enterprise. It was also reprised in 2010 at Luke's Brisket and Broadway, Rickie and Ginger's previous establishment. Although jokes about a kitchen fire were already in the script, the playwright has added lines to reference the recent fire at Café Luke.
Tickets are $20, and donations will be accepted to offset the cost of repairing the kitchen at Café Luke's permanent location at 153 Robert St. in Slidell.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner starts at 7:00 p.m., with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m.
For reservations: (985) 707-1597