"I Love to Eat": James Beard tells all at Illusion Theater

Gary Geiken in I Love to Eat. Photo courtesy Illusion Theater.

Attention foodies: Garry Geiken serves up a delicious impersonation of legendary American foodie James Beard in Illusion Theater's production of I Love to Eat: a love story with food. The one-man show is more character study than drama, but Geiken succeeds in bringing a fascinating character to life. During the performance, Geiken prepares some of Beard's signature onion sandwiches, and a few lucky audience members get a chance to taste them.

There will be more food for thought after the Wednesday, May 8 performance, when several local James Beard Award-winners, including Isaac Becker (112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa, Burch), Nick Kramarczuk (Kramarczuk's, 2013 winner James Beard Foundation "America's Classics"), and Tim McKee (La Belle Vie) will participate in a panel discussion on Beard's impact on the local and national cooking scene.  The panel will be moderated by veteran Twin Cities food writer Sue Zelickson, herself a James Beard award winner for food journalism.

For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit the Illusion Theater website. Upcoming shows are on: 

Thursday, May 2 @ 8pm
Friday, May 3 @ 8pm
Saturday, May 4 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 5 @ 7pm
Wednesday, May 8 @ 10am
Wednesday, May 8 @ 7pm – Post-show panel with James Beard Award-winning chefs
Thursday, May 9 @ 8pm
Friday, May 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, May 11 @ 8pm – Culinary Night with Art Institutes International 
Sunday, May 12 @ 7pm – Culinary Night with Art Institutes International 
Thursday, May 16 @ 8pm – Illusion Theater Birthday Benefit
Friday, May 17 @ 8pm
Saturday, May 18 @ 8 pm – Closing

Coverage of issues and events affecting Central Corridor communities is funded in part by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

"I Love To Eat: A Love Story With Food" at Illusion Theater

04/29/2013 - 8:00pm - 05/18/2013 - 9:30pm
From April 26-May 18, Illusion Theater celebrates our food community with I Love To Eat: A Love Story With Food, a play that salutes a man who appreciated the secrets of a good menu: to tempt, to satisfy and to bring conversation. Writer James Still takes us back to 1984, where we spend an operatic evening with James Beard. Throughout the 90 minutes, Beard reminisces about his glory years through gossipy phone calls, inventive cooking and wistful longing for a grand love story to call his own.

About Illusion Theater

528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-339-4944
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