This show ran January 2022!
Written by Nick Hall
Directed by Ellie King
Gourmet food & hilarious live theatre all in the luxurious surroundings of a first class hotel
Pick a profession, any profession. No matter where you work, you’re going to be faced with certain issues: when to advance, when to not, when to switch to a different job within that field, when to get out altogether.
Its success in depicting the working experience is what really makes Nick Hall’s Eat Your Heart Out work. The show is ostensibly about an actor, Charlie, supporting himself by working as a waiter at various restaurants until his big break comes along, but it’s really about anyone with big dreams facing the possibility that, however vital or sought after they may be, those dreams might not come true.
Eat Your Heart Out is predominantly concerned with Charlie examining and re-evaluating those dreams as he moves from restaurant to restaurant as career opportunities demand. Charlie’s attempts at living the life that is not only best for him but best for others make this otherwise light comedy weightier than you might expect; Charlie wants to succeed artistically and ethically, and he faces even the slightest lapse in either with great trepidation.
And though those moments are often quite serious, Hall always keeps the script funny, with fine characters and simple and clean writing. If a few of his situations are a bit contrived – Charlie’s mock audition for a major cookie promotion in an Upper East Side bistro smacks of sitcom writing – he does capture the actor’s mentality and his stomping ground quite well.
The second act’s opening scene finds Harry and Charlie discussing at length the issue of what makes an actor successful: satisfying your potential or gaining financial security? It’s Eat Your Heart Out’s most vital scene, its very statement of purpose, whether about acting or any career.