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SAGAPONAK, NY – Wölffer Estate Vineyard once again was the perfect venue for the summer’s hot event Chefs & Champagne® in the Hamptons this weekend. The premiere culinary night this year honored Daytime Emmy award-winning chef and cookbook author Carla Hall.

“This is a great event to benefit the James Beard House, which I am huge supporter of,” said Chef Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar of Washington D.C. over at her wonderful Grilled Oysters booth. “I also an old friend of Carla Halls. I am here to support her as well, and to have fun.”

The sumptuous tasting party featured flowing Champagne Taittinger, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 40 fantastic fine chefs.

 

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Honoree Carla Hall pours a tower of Champagne Taittinger at Chefs & Champagne (Phil Gross)

“We have been to this event for three years in a row and we love it,” said Chef Brad Farmerie of Public and Saxon and Parole, NYC, while serving a fantastic Olive-Oil Poached Salmon with grilled leeks, lemon-horseradish yogurt and black river caviar. “It is a great honor, and it is wonderful what they do for food and what they do for chefs.”

Funds raised at the event help support the James Beard Foundation’s wide variety of initiatives, including culinary student scholarships and the organization’s annual food conference on sustainability, public health, and nutrition. A silent auction consisting of fine dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages also raised funds for the organization. In addition, the 2015 recipient of the Christian Wölffer Scholarship for wine and food studies was announced.

Amazing chefs were Franklin Becker, The Little Beet Table, NYC; Anthony Bucco, Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ; Marc Anthony Bynum, Hush Bistro, Farmingdale, NY; Deena Chafetz, Wölffer Kitchen, Sag Harbor, NY; Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy, NYC; Leah Cohen, Pig & Khao, NYC; Ben Del Coro, Fossil Farms, Boonton, NJ; Daniel Eddy, Rebelle, NYC; Didier Elena, Chefs Club by Food & Wine, NYC; Brad Farmerie, Public and Saxon + Parole, NYC; The Thomas & Fagiani’s Bar, Napa, CA; Michael Ferraro, Delicatessen, NYC; Tom Fraker and Marco Zapien, Melissa’s; Pastry Chef Colleen Grapes, Oceana, NYC; Sam Hazen, Atlantic Grill, Ocean Grill, Blue Water Grill, and Blue Fin, NYC; Patti Jackson, Delaware and Hudson, Brooklyn, NY; Luis Jaramillo, Blue Water Grill, NYC; JJ Johnson, The Cecil, NYC; Tyler Kinnett, Harvest, Cambridge, MA; Chris Lavey and Pastry Chef Stephen Collucci, Colicchio & Sons, NYC; Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington D.C.; Pastry Chef Matthew Lodes, Rose Bakery, NYC;  James Beard Award winner Tony Maws, Craigie on Main Street and the Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Boston, MA; George Mendes, Aldea and Lupulo, NYC; Todd Mitgang, Crave Fishbar, NYC, and South Edison, Montauk, NY; Harold Moore,  Commerce and Harold’s Meat + Three, NYC;  Melvin Myers, Success Catering, Antigua and Barbuda; Titti Qvarnström,  Bloom in the Park, Malmö, Sweden; AJ Schaller, Corkbuzz Wine Studio, NYC; Noah Schwartz, Noah’s, Greenport, NY; Pastry Chef Daniel Skurnick, Buddakan, NYC; Michael Vignola, The Strip House, NYC; Nick Wallace, Preserve, Jackson, MS; Florian Wehrli, Triomphe, NYC; Jason Weiner, Almond, NYC and Bridgehampton, NY, and L&W Oyster Co., NYC;  Doron Wong, Northern Tiger and Yunnan Kitchen, NYC; Jonathan Wu and Matt John Wells, Fung Tu, NYC; Pastry Chef Zac Young, David Burke Group

The Exclusive Champagne of the event was Champagne Taittinger, and great sponsors included Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority; Audi; Badoit® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water; Celebrity Cruises®; Eventbrite; evian® Natural Spring Water ; Fossil Farms™; Halstead Property/Halstead East Hampton; Hamptons magazine; Melissa’s ; Roland Foods; Royal Cup Coffee; Stella Artois®; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; VerTerra Dinnerware;  Wölffer Estate Vineyard; and WVVH.

VIP After-Party Sponsors were Sysco Metro NY, LLC; Michael P. Salvatore, III CEC, Director of Culinary Resources, and Corporate Chef.

To learn more about the James Beard Foundation please visit jamesbeard.org.

 

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Happy Birthday Crown Prince Haakon of Norway by Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe: Our Grandparents are Cousins

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway: A Modern Prince and beloved Statesman. 

Crown Prince Haakon, the heir apparent to the Norwegian throne, embodies the modern face of monarchy. With a deep commitment to his country and a passion for global issues, he has carved a unique path for himself as a future king. His dedication to social causes, environmental advocacy, and promoting international cooperation have earned him respect and admiration both in Norway and abroad.

Our grandparents are cousins. My beloved Grandmother Her Royal Highness Princess Feodora of Denmark and his Grandfather His Majesty King Olav of Norway, who is the beloved godfather of my father His Highness Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe.

Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

He is especially dear to me and my family as my father Prince Waldemar was not only a close relative, but also King Olav of Norway was the godfather and beloved uncle of Prince Waldemar. My mother Princess Antonia and my father Prince Waldemar traveled to the Kingdom of Norway on many occasions and have strong bounds to this wonderful country. Grandmother Princess Feodora of Denmark shares the same Royal lineage in history as Crown Prince Haakon and myself.

Early Life and Education of Prince Haakon:

Born on July 20, 1973, in Oslo, Norway, Haakon Magnus is the son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. He has an older sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Haakon’s childhood was marked by a sense of normalcy, as his parents strived to provide him with a well-rounded upbringing despite his royal status.

Haakon attended public schools in Oslo before completing his secondary education at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. He then enrolled at the Norwegian Naval Academy, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both of whom served in the Navy. Haakon’s naval career took him on various missions and postings, including a stint as a deck officer on the Royal Norwegian Navy missile torpedo boat “Storm.”

In 1996, Haakon enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied political science. He later pursued a master’s degree in development studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His educational background equipped him with a broad understanding of global issues and a strong foundation for his future role as a leader.

His happy Marriage and Family:

In 2001, Haakon married Princess Mette-Marit (Tjessem Høiby), a wonderful aristocrat with a son. The couple’s wedding was a momentous occasion for Norway, marking a shift towards a more modern and inclusive monarchy. Princess Mette-Marit, is a very beloved figure in her own right, known for her work in social and humanitarian causes.

Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit have two children together: Princess Ingrid Alexandra, born in 2004, and Prince Sverre Magnus, born in 2005. As the first-born child, Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the throne after her father. The family is known for their close bond and down-to-earth lifestyle, often seen engaging in outdoor activities and participating in community events.

Royal Duties and Public Service of Prince Haakon

As Crown Prince, Haakon has a wide range of official duties. He represents Norway at international events, participates in state visits, and supports his father, King Harald, in his constitutional responsibilities. Haakon is also a patron of numerous organizations and initiatives, focusing on areas such as youth empowerment, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

One of Haakon’s key areas of interest is environmental conservation. He is a vocal advocate for sustainable development and has actively promoted the use of renewable energy sources in Norway. He has also been involved in various initiatives aimed at protecting the Arctic environment and raising awareness about climate change.

In addition to his environmental work, Haakon is passionate about social issues. He has been a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and has spoken out against discrimination and intolerance. He is also involved in initiatives aimed at improving mental health and well-being, particularly among young people.

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe  photo collection

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe photo collection

International Engagement:

Haakon’s commitment to international cooperation is evident in his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In this capacity, he has traveled extensively to developing countries, working to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction. He has also been a vocal advocate for global health initiatives, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

A Modern Monarch in the Making:

Crown Prince Haakon’s approach to his royal duties reflects a modern and evolving monarchy. He is known for his approachability, his willingness to engage with people from all walks of life, and his commitment to transparency and accountability. He has embraced social media as a tool for connecting with the public and sharing his work, often posting personal photos and updates on his official Instagram account.

Haakon’s vision for the future of the Norwegian monarchy is one of continued modernization and relevance. He believes in the importance of maintaining traditions while also adapting to the changing needs and expectations of society. He has spoken openly about the need for the monarchy to remain connected to the people it serves and to actively contribute to the well-being of the nation.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is a modern monarch in the making. His dedication to public service, his passion for social and environmental causes, and his commitment to international cooperation have earned him widespread respect and admiration. As he prepares to assume the throne, he carries with him the hopes and expectations of a nation that values its traditions while embracing the future. Haakon’s leadership promises to usher in a new era for the Norwegian monarchy, one that is characterized by openness, inclusivity, and a deep commitment to the well-being of all Norwegians.

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The Glorious Corner

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FOLEY’S FUN — I watched Axel F: Beverly Hills Cop the other night and though everyone looked dreadfully old, I rather enjoyed in. Murphy was 23 when the first one came out in 1984 and was a massive hit; 40 years later, the demand is perhaps not the same, but I was surprised by how much of the original music was repeated in this one: from The Pointer Sisters on down to Bob Seger; it was almost like a walk down memory lane.

Kevin Bacon, as a corrupt police captain, is the big bad here and while he was good, he was nowhere near as bad as Stephen Berkof as Victor Maitland in the original. Face it, the badder the bad-guy is, the more it works. It was great seeing the original cast back; I love Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton, but newcomers Taylour Paige, who essays Foley’s daughter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt bring real gravitas to the screen. Levitt continues to impress every time I see him. I predict he’ll find that one big role and will be a major, major star.

The script by Will Beall; Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten is pretty bland, although one line that Murphy says to Paige is a killer:  I’ve been a father as long as you’ve been a daughter.

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If you’ve seen the trailer and it evoked similar feelings as the one in 1984, it’s because the studio brought back the original editor to do the new trailer. Smart move for sure. Also impressive was adding the name of producer ‘Don Simpson’ in the opening credits. Much missed.

TRUMP BIDNESS — After the weekend’s events with Trump, what can you say. He survived and the ;photos and videos have been used and viewed hundreds of times. We don’t even talk about a replacement for Biden anymore?

There still are some that say it was staged, but were the injured part of the plan too?. Even for me, that’s a bit cyclical.

I lived through the Kennedy (both); King; Wallace; Reagan and Scalise events and they were just terrible.

Still you’ve got give Trump credit for pushing on …. right?

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe LIVE AID was 39 years ago last weekend. We we’re there, actually sitting in the row where they stopped to hose the crowd down. Was a terribly hot day at JFK Stadium. My main memory was Clapton, The Cars and Hall & Oates and of course, all of Phil Collins. Quite a day …

Have you seen this latest video from Ringo Starr? “Gonna Need Someone”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0NthMLvtQ And that’s Nick Valensi (the Strokes) on guitar. Song was written by Linda Perry and from Ringo’s current EP Crooked Boy Sign Of The Times: LA’s famed Record Plant is closing after 55 years as one of the industry’s most in-demand recording studios. Hotel California and Rumours were recorded there. New York’s Record Plant closed their doors in 1987. Check this out from MIXhttps://www.mixonline.com/business/renowned-record-plant-studio-shutters?utm_term=2B400D4A-A644-43F4-980A-3A38D94AC1E6&utm_medium=email&utm_content=F16B421C-44D3-4A98-81C2-A992E5552E7D&utm_source=SmartBrief …

Jonathan Wolfson just sent us the new Daryl Hall album, D. Review next time …

Palm Restaurant

PR-pasha David Salidor’s book on the infamous Palm restaurant is due in September … Happy Bday Angelo Babbaro; Ron Shuter and Bill Evans. RIP Richard Simmons; Dr. Ruth; James B. Sikking; and Shannen Doherty.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Al Roker; Bruce Grakal; John Billings; Jane Blunkell; Chris Gilman; Peter Shendell; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Vinny Rich; Anthoiny Noto; Anthony Pomes; Matt Crutch; Lush Ice; Belinda Carlisle; Gary Gershoff; Steve Walter; Chubby O’Brien; Pat Walsh; Mike Shanley; and ZIGGY!

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My View: An Evening With Rex Reed, Will Friedwald, & POLLY BERGEN

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Will Friedwald’s Clip Joint presented the legendary film critic and personality “Rex Reed Remembers Polly Bergen” last night at the TRIAD Theater.  It was a fascinating evening as Rex, who was one of Polly Bergen’s closest friends told fly on the wall show biz stories and personal anecdotes about her remarkable life.  An especially hilarious one occurred at the annual OSCAR NIGHT party that Polly had every year in her New York apartment.  There was Rex, watching the Oscars on a TV in Polly’s bedroom, Lucille Ball on one side of him and Paul Newman on the other .  Milton Berle who had been in another room parades past them wearing one of Polly’s gowns that he snatched from her closet!

Will and Rex reminisced about her amazing career in the movies ( including three classic comedies with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis) but even more so on television.  In fact, her career spans the very history of the small screen medium, starting with appearances on pioneering broadcasts of the late 1940’s right up to a memorable regular role in the hit series DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES-although she was probably best known for starring in the legendary 1957 PLAYHOUSE 90 live television biography of HELEN MORGAN.  In other guises, she was an entrepreneur and political activist. 

Will Friedwald brought along his extensive library of film clips of her appearances on The Hollywood Palace, The Andy Williams Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and appearances with Phil Silvers, George Burns, Red Skelton, Andy Williams and many more. Polly Bergen (1930-2014) had three husbands, and unfortunately became a Doris Day type financial victim because of her last one. And now “here’s the rest of my personal Polly Bergen story”.

Many years ago a firm placed a large order with my factory.  When I checked with our credit insuring agency they advised me that the company did not have enough finances to purchase that amount of goods and consequently the agency would only insure half the order.  Not wanting to reject a sizable order I made an appointment to meet the owner in his garment center office and check out his business for myself.  During the course of the conversation somehow the entertainment business came up (of course it did) and he mentioned that he was married to Polly Bergen.  Being a fan and and having reverence for the famous and talented artists in this world I dropped my usual due diligence guard and the hour was spent talking about show business, I loved it, especially when he invited me over to their apartment to watch the Super Bowl.   Well, I shipped all the merchandise…and you can guess what happened….Years later I met Polly Bergen at one of Rex Reed’s evenings and introduced myself with the opening line “ you cost me a lot of money” and then related the story of how her husband never paid.   Polly put her arm around me and said in her bawdy way, “ honey, you’re lucky it was only that much, he bankrupted me”.

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REX REED & WILL FRIEDWALD

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PERRY COMO & POLLY BERGEN

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ANDY WILLIAMS & POLLY BERGEN

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“Player Kings” Shines in the West End With Ian McKellen at Falstaff

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I read that the first published book written about a Shakespearian character was focused not on the legendary Macbeth or Hamlet, but on the “dodgy, obese, cash-strapped, dissolute, self-interested” Falstaff, a larger-than-life antihero and cultural phenomenon, this time dutifully played in the new West End revival rich and tragic by McKellen (The Other Palace’s Frank and Percy; West End’s Ian McKellen on Stage).


Ian McKellen and Geoffrey Freshwater in Player Kings. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

His Falstaff is utterly dynamic and fascinating from the get-go, drawing us in with his grotesque drunkenness in a stained shirt. It’s flawless and funny, especially so as the character’s humor is delivered dry and philosophically portioned out for great effect, giving this slick modern-dressed production a thrilling brave heart and a solid foundation.

It’s a handsome, strongly staged production, not exactly centered around Ian McKellen’s great performance as one devilishly sharp Falstaff, but having that dynamic character involved lifts up the whole thing making the joined-together Player Kings a carnivalesque joy to witness. It’s a role he seemed destined to play, but unfortunately, he had a nasty fall from the stage in mid-June, forcing him to not only drop out of the play in the West End, but also from the tour that was created all around him playing this part. It’s a devastatingly sad turn but luckily for us, we were able to see him before his accident. And I’m hoping he will be back on his stage feet quickly so we all have the opportunity to take in his expert renderings for years to come.

Yet Player Kings, when I saw it in early June, had McKellen in full true form, creating this delivery as expertly as one could hope for. Surrounded by talent on all sides, the curtain is quickly pulled back in those first few moments, and all kinds of partying chaos flies forward in abundance. A bare-bottomed rendering destined to be king sends just the right energy into the air and we can’t help but lean into this expertly crafted production of the two Henry IV history plays combined into one, adapted and directed with strength and clarity by Robert Icke (Almeida/Park Avenue Armory’s The Doctor).

Toheeb Jimoh and Daniel Rabin in Player Kings. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

On a detailed, multidimensional set, incorporated with great intent by set and costume designer Hildegard Bechtler (Old Vic’s Mood Music), with sharply hewed slices of light by Lee Curran (Donmar’s Next to Normal) and a solid sound design by Gareth Fry (Donmar’s Macbeth), the brick and curtained crew of revelers and hang-abouts make playful use of the arena given. The cast is cleverly created for this sometimes complicated history concoction, a dual engagement that I have only seen once before, to a somewhat lesser effect. But with Toheeb Jimoh (“Ted Lasso“) as Prince Harry (or Hal) staggering about in his skivvies ready and willing to expose his true nature before us all, this Player Kings is destined to be remembered. And not only for McKellen giving it his all in a dream part.

But Hal’s difficult journey forward into the adulting royal circle, standing true and solidly performed, is just one of many contextual arrangements created with flair around the centripetal force that is Falstaff. Hal’s proxy-father relationship with Falstaff is balanced and pulled tight with tension by the hard-hearted King Henry, played with intensity by Richard Coyle (Almeida/Duke of York’s Ink). It unpacks layers of patriarchal complications that shuttle between coldness to death-bed loving attachment. It’s a compelling understanding delicately unfolding over the course of this fascinating adventure.

Samuel Edward-Cook in Player Kings. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Another tight-rope balancing act, this time between two different yet powerful worlds, Samuel Edward-Cook (Globe’s Titus Andronicus) finds compelling tones with his Hotspur, in suit and also donning fatigues, playing the modern dress unveiling with force, even with a few unclear contemporary connotations.

At just over three and a half hours, the tonal shifts of Player Kings between parts one and two are subtle yielding a suspenseful framing that leads into a less captivating battleground. But every moment of the complex condensed storytelling is well worth it, mainly to see McKellen living large inside a part that seems tailor-made for this expert thespian. The historical text is heavy lifting sometimes, not exactly created for those looking solely for light comic entertainment, but if Shakespeare is your thing, even the more complicated history plays, then Player King with McKellen feels like required viewing. I only hope that it has been recorded so those who unfortunately missed their chance, will have a further opportunity to take in his glory.


Sir Ian McKellen and cast at the curtain call during the press night performance on 11 April, 2024.

Player Kings was performed at Noël Coward Theatre, London, closing on 22 June, 2024.

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Fringe Festival “86 Me: The Restaurant Play” Serves It Up Strong

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Grabbing a seat inside and a drink from the bar on a Saturday afternoon (don’t judge me), we are welcomed into Our Lady Kensington, a dive bar on the verge of being 86’d from the scene. That is until this evening when chaos and fires erupt, and a seemingly straight-laced young man enters the space. He has been sent by management to inspect the bar for efficiency and professionalism, but what he discovers about the space, the people in it, and himself is far more complicated and difficult to correct simply with a clipboard and pen. The qualities listed are obviously lacking in this forever empty establishment, and this band of misfits who ‘work’ here, who harass, flirt, break up, drink, and indulge themselves silly during their shift, don’t seem like they are the ones who could help. Or are they?

With a cast of wonderfully focused actors, namely Luke Kimball, Marianne McIsaac, Mia Hay, Ben Yoganathan, Carson Somanlall, Elizabeth Rodenburg, and Jeff Gruich, 86 Me: The Restaurant Play, currently playing to sold-out crowds at The Supermarket Bar and Variety as part of Toronto’s Fringe Festival, is deliciously fun and invigorating. The play, as written, is definitely overly complicated and sometimes distracting. It veers this way and that through the immersive space trying to connect while dodging the problems within the framework, but with a solid tightening of that waiter apron, the heart of the piece could live quite solidly within the space, and inside these strong-minded performances and their pre-wrapped set-up. The actors do their job well, working hard trying to get to the essence of their inner world and bring it into some sort of order, all the while engaging with the delivery of drink orders and their lines to each other and us.

The cast of 86 Me: The Restaurant Play at Toronto’s Fringe Festival.

The central force of the play runs true and compassionately focused, as the cast runs circles around us all, flinging drink orders into the air for others to catch, along with other antics that endear us to this motley crew. But the catalyst really lies in Luke Kimball (Mirvish’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and his portrayal of the socially awkward, young, but determined newbie, Zach, or as he is affectionately called, even by a member of the audience, the bar’s “little bitch boy”. And it sticks, mainly because of his focused portrayal of someone lost and looking for salvation, even if it seemingly is arriving thanks to “Mr. Fancy Pants“, played cleverly by Jeff Gruich as James “The Owner”.

There is a couple (Carson Somanlall & Elizabeth Rodenburg) who break up and quit each other more often than the number of times audience members bravely call out their drink orders to cast members who never break focus, even when the order comes at an impromptu moment. The drinks do make it to them, thanks to the staff of the actual bar, who keep the energy of the space filled and rolling, even as the drunk regular (Marianne McIsaac) preaches and yells at the staff from the back table wanting more of everything from anyone who will listen. An indulging host (Mia Hay) vapes and drinks in the corner waiting for connection, but ultimately looking for an escape, and a desperate server (Ben Yoganathan) cooly and constantly trying to use his French-ness as a ploy to get closer to the escape-artist host. It’s a lot, but it’s sold well, so we drink it all down, like a good tall Gin and Tonic on a hot day.

Directed and created by Jackson Doner, 86 Me: The Restaurant Play finds hilarity and some tender engagements within the chaos that lives and breathes in this dive bar on the verge of being 86’d out of existence. The talented crew and script offer up a problematic staffing situation that is completely out of control. Clearly, there is no one strong enough or focused enough on board to guide them through this tumultuous time, but maybe there is someone who can help, if only they can help themselves first. All this, while attempting to take care of a full bar of thirsty patrons and a father who doesn’t know how to really be there for his son. But even in all that chaos and wild shenanigans that transpire within this converted cabaret space, produced by Dead Raccoon Theatre, 86 Me keeps us tuned in and caring, while throwing coins in cups to show our appreciation.

Clockwise from top left: Carson Somanlall as Carson “The Supervisor”, Mia Hay as Eva “The Hostess”, Ben Yoganathan as Francois “The Server”, Elizabeth Rodenburg as Laurie “The Bartender”, Luke Kimball as Zach “The New Guy”, Jackson Doner, and Marianne McIsaac as Jasmine “The Regular” from 86 Me: The Restaurant Play at Toronto’s Fringe Festival. Photo by Ally Mackenzie.

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