Before Julia Child and long before today’s proliferation of cooking shows, there was James Beard, the first TV chef. He brought a love for fine cooking (and a sense of humor) to the small screen in 1946 and helped establish an American cuisine based on fresh ingredients. Famous for quips like, “If ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around,” Beard went on to become America’s first “foodie,” and the award bearing his name is still the prize most coveted by chefs across the country. Larger than life (literally and metaphorically), American culinary icon James Beard was a complex, entertaining, beloved and frustrating friend and mentor to many. Openly gay even though his primary audience was middle-America housewives, Beard always kept his phone number listed and famously took calls from anyone anytime who needed a little cooking advice. I Love to Eat (a love story with food) invites you to meet the man described as “the face and belly of American gastronomy” in this solo play that imagines a late night in Beard’s Greenwich Village home where he shares recipes and cooking tips, gossips, spills secrets, fights loneliness, talks to his best pal Julia Child on the phone, sings a song and even reenacts some of the wilder moments from his landmark 1946 television show, in which he infamously shared the screen with a certain cow named Elsie … A few lucky audience members also get to dine on one of Beard’s signature hors d’oeuvres—lovingly prepared right in front of us as part of the play.
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- Type of Show Digital Script
- Product Code IF6DIG
- Cast Size 1
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 85 min
- ISBN(13) 9781619591769
“I Love to Eat is like being wrapped in a warm Crepe Suzette, and you can't have just one bite!” —broadwayworld.com
“A 75-minute feast of delight.” —broadwayworld.com
“You feel like you’re sitting down to drinks and canapés with the best of dinner party raconteurs.” —Portland Stage Reviews
“Bring your taste buds. … You will have fun!” —Portland Stage Reviews
“A truly fun and fabulous evening with the bombastic James Beard.” —Artslandia Magazine
“The piece is like listening to your flamboyant great-uncle regale you with stories of fantastic experiences, while feverishly multitasking and constantly being interrupted.” —Artslandia Magazine
“Exposes the somewhat lonely soul of a man who not only loved to eat, but laugh, love and LIVE.” —byronbeck.com
“This show is about the passions of one man … and how he was able to share that with not only his dining companions but with the world.” —byronbeck.com
“Savory and satisfying. … Refreshing and witty.” —DC Metro Theater Arts
“A tasty fusion of witty anecdotes, humorous asides, and sentimental reminiscing.” —DC Metro Theater Arts
“An accent on laughter with some rueful, self-depreciating, and sentimental reveries stirred in to round out the psychological portrait of this fascinating man.” —DC Metro Theater Arts
“The best ingredients combine in a story simply told. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, but always tasty. The title says it all.” —Cherry and Spoon