Monday, January 2, 2012


If the proof is in the pudding, then “Play With Your Food” has created the perfect recipe for luncheon delights over the past decade.  Combining a good flavorful repast with a trio of savory theatrical treats, “Play With Your Food” is high on the menu of Fairfield County’s most popular noontime activities.

The fun begins at twelve noon with a buffet lunch from one of the area’s epicurean treasures like Westport’s Blue Lemon, Da Pietro’s, Matsu Sushi and Garelick and Herbs or Fairfield’s The Dressing Room, Layla’s, Tuckers and The Pantry or Greenwich’s Nicholas Roberts, Le Pain Quotidien or Garelick and Herbs.

Next up is a selection of readings by professional actors that can be comical or mysterious, but always entertaining.  According to Executive Producer Nancy Diamond, “We’re excited to start our season with Agatha Christie’s short play “The Rats,” complete with adulterous lovers, a locked room, and of course a murder.”

Paired with this will be two lighter comic sketches, “Airbourne” by Gib Johnson about an airline employee who feels obligated to become involved with the travel plans and lives of passengers, with delightfully complicated results and John Bishop’s “Arizona Anniversaries,” a comic look at risk and reward and potential and possibilities.

The fact that art can imitate life is acknowledged by Artistic Director Carole Schweid.  “Our plays tend to reflect, in some ways, where we are in our lives.  “Arizona Anniversaries” was chosen  before it dawned on us that January marks the beginning of  our 10th season of “Play With Your Food.” How interesting is that!”

The afternoon concludes by 1:30 p.m. with a lively talk back with cast members and the audience.  For reservations ($43), call 203-293-8831 or online at  January performances will be held on the 10, 11,and 12, Tuesday – Thursday, at Toquet Hall, 62 Post Road East, Westport, on Tuesday, the 17th at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield and on Wednesday, January 18th at Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich.

Future performances in February, March and April will incorporate love letters and music from “1776,” light hearted comedies and excerpts from George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.”  Check the web site for specific dates and selections.

A Tenth Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, January 28 with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres from Blue Lemon, Garelick and Herbs, Matsu Sushi and Tito’s Homemade Vodka at 6:30 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. with “Two For the Road,” theatrical offerings from “Sign of Life,” “ Pillow,” “ My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,”  “Mack and Mabel” and more surprises.  All the fun and fine food will take place at Dragone Classic Motorcars, 176 Post Road West, Westport.  For tickets ($100), call 203-293-8831.

Start off 2012 right.  Sign up to “Play With Your Food” for fanciful entertainment and culinary delights.

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