The Art of Dining

by  Tina Howe

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 6f

"A spicy compote of social satire, slapstick zaniness, sight gags and the funniest play I've seen in a long time." - Village Voice

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The Art of Dining

by  Tina Howe

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 6f
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Cal and Ellen are the owners and sole staff of a small, elegant gourmet restaurant. Cal's main preoccupation is paying back the $75,000 it cost to start it up, and that means packing in the customers. Chef Ellen is preoccupied with the food's quality and stopping Cal from sampling the ingredients. The diners act out their own private dramas over dinner and their conversations are exquisite burlesques of contemporary attitudes. There's a sensual middle aged couple who go into paroxysms of ecstasy just reading the menu and then there's three crass chic young career women. Finally, there's Elizabeth, a maladroit, shy and neurotic writer who's dining with her prospective publisher. Her actions and conversation are unintentionally hilarious and a delicious example of how not to act and what not to talk about while dining.
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REVIEWS

"A spicy compote of social satire, slapstick zaniness, sight gags and the funniest play I've seen in a long time." - Village Voice

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The Golden Carrousel Restaurant, New Jersey.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 6f
ELLEN - co-owner and chef extraordinaire of The Golden Carrousel, mid 30's. 
CAL - co-owner and supple head waiter of The Golden Carrousel, Ellen's husband, mid 30's.
HANNAH GALT - beautifully dressed and hungry, mid 40's.
PAUL GALT - beautifully dressed and hungrier, mid 40's.
ELIZABETH BARROW COLT - exceedingly shy and nearsighted. A writer, in her early 30's, afraid of food. 
HERRICK SIMMONS - enthusiastic and a good eater, early 30's. 
NESSA VOX - easily upset and a more neurotic eater, early 30's.
TONY STASSIO - perpetually on a diet and miserable, early 30's.
DAVID OSSLOW - the head of his own publishing company, successful, at ease, son and husband of good cooks, mid 50's and in top shape.
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Authors

Tina Howe

Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theat ...

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The Art of Dining premiered at the New York Shakespeare Festival in December 1979 under the direction of A.J. Antoon.

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