Home / Events / Theater / I Love to Eat

I Love to Eat

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays through Feb. 10., Sunday February 03 | $39-$65.
Gerding Theater
128 NW 11th Ave.
 
Opera music booms and steam spills out from beneath the giant onstage refrigerator as I Love to Eat begins. As the song builds and steam obscures the floor, James Beard (Rob Nagle) strides out of the fridge. Dressed in striped silk pajamas, he chuckles as an unremitting cascade of rose petals falls from above. “Moderation!” he roars. “I’m against it!” Yet for such a grandiose proclamation, I Love to Eat, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, feels less like a rich meal than a scattered sampler of tasty but underwhelming tidbits. James Still’s chatty script jumps between informal confessional and re-enactments of Beard’s 1940s cooking show, with the celebrated chef recounting culinary and childhood reminiscences, preparing mayonnaise and chopping parsley for canapes and, in some brief spots, revealing and then brushing off stories of loneliness and unrequited love. Though peppered with a few lovely moments—the Portland-born Beard recalls digging for razor clams in Gearhart, for example—this Portland Center Stage production neither digs enough into Beard’s underlying melancholy nor sufficiently plays up his convivial wit. Given the bony and episodic script, Nagle’s performance mostly impresses, and he endears himself to the audience with knowing glances and dramatic flourishes of the arm. But many of the lines are so slick or painstakingly choreographed they fail to elicit more than a polite giggle, and nothing can save Nagle in the incongruous, kiddie scenes with a bovine hand puppet. At one point, Beard fields a call from a frazzled home cook in Kansas. He encourages her to pour the disaster down the sink. “That’s the way it is in the kitchen,” he says. “Sometimes it all goes boom.” But that’s the problem with Still’s unfocused script—though it carries on at a gentle simmer, it never makes much of a bang.

Where: Gerding Theater
Phone: 445-3700
Address: 128 NW 11th Ave.
Website: pcs.org

 
 
Other events in Theater

Amjad Faur: Sun Kings

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014

PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders St. Web | Map

As You Like It

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014
You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard access ...
7:30 pm Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 13 | $15; Sundays "pay what you can"
Post5 Theatre 1666 SE Lambert St. Portland Web | Map
Also At Gerding Theater

The Santaland Diaries

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014

Like Santa Claus and Rudolph, this stage adaptation of David Sedaris' stint as a Macy's elf will never die—we've lost count of how many times Portland Center Stage has produced the one-man show. ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 28 | $25-$60
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

Twist Your Dickens

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014

In a move of stunningly bad taste, Portland Center Stage brings back this spoof of A Christmas Carol. Though the show boasts a seal of approval from Chicago improv behemoth the Second City, ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays and noon Thursdays through Dec. 24 | $29-$69
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

The Santaland Diaries

Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

Like Santa Claus and Rudolph, this stage adaptation of David Sedaris' stint as a Macy's elf will never die—we've lost count of how many times Portland Center Stage has produced the one-man show. ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 28 | $25-$60
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close