Sara Keating on theatre: Waitress is a playful tale powered by its musical energy

Sara Bareilles’s play, based on the 2007 film of the same name, has almost all the ingredients for a prize-winning pie, but it’s missing something

Evelyn Hoskins, Chelsea Halfpenny and Wendy Mae Brown in Waitress. Picture: Johan Persson


Directed by Sara Bareilles

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

Runs until June 18

Sugar. Butter. Flour. The three key ingredients for a decent pastry, and, it turns out, a good musical. Sugar for sweetness; butter for a crisp bite; flour for body. What you also need to make a good slice of tart, however, is a decent filling, and Sara Bareilles’s Waitress, based on the late Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film of the same name, ...