It's possible the downfall of the play could be partially blamed on the acting company. Even if they had little direction, there seemed to have an amateur aura to it. If acting is about listening and reacting, this company seemed to forget that lesson in acting class. Each person seemed to be in their own tiny bubble, lacking any stage chemistry with their costars.
A new director would bring this piece to the next level. But what Borden did offer was some strong design intent. The subtly of color was much appreciated, most notably in the various aprons. Additionally, the gore work was simple and exciting. The set by was simple with just mere suggestion. In this festival setting, trying to do anymore would have been insane. The less is more mantra was put to good use.
It's unfortunate that the wrong pieces were placed together to form Dead Lunch. There is an interesting discussion in Borden's script but execution was killer. Passing it off to a capable director is the next step.