May 12 - June 7, 2020

This hit production, which recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child’s journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s, is now offered for a limited time via online video streaming.

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From the French bistro where Julia Child fell in love with food, to the kitchen table where she recreated everything learned during cooking class, to a room where Paul was grilled by U.S. agents about alleged Communist contact, To Master the Art is the story of a larger-than-life culinary icon and her remarkable husband as they struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad.

Commissioned by TimeLine in 2008, To Master the Art received its world premiere at TimeLine in 2010, selling out its 8-week run within days and receiving more than 20 rave reviews and five Jeff Award nominations, including New Work and Production. The production was remounted in 2013 at the Broadway Playhouse via the Chicago Commercial Collective, Broadway In Chicago, and producers Brian Loevner and Aurélia F. Cohen. The video that will stream during this remote viewing run was filmed during the 2013 production.

During its two previous Chicago runs, To Master the Art was acclaimed as “an excellent, intimate, foodie-friendly staging, resonant with atmosphere and the kind of classic, cozy, autumnal kitchen ambiance that makes one want to swear off takeout food from this moment forth” by the Chicago Tribune, and “a total delight—funny, touching, charming and as enjoyable as an exquisite meal enjoyed together with good company” by Talkin’ Broadway. And Woditsch’s performance as Julia Child was declared “magnificent” and “a piece of acting not to be missed” (Chicago Tribune) and “so absolutely perfect … that we left the theater discussing the possibility that she is actually a better Julia Child than [Meryl] Streep” (Newcity).

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Cast

Production Team

* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Reviews

  • Chicago Tribune

    An excellent, intimate, foodie-friendly staging, resonant with atmosphere and the kind of classic, cozy, autumnal kitchen ambiance that makes one want to swear off takeout food from this moment forth.”

    —Chris Jones

  • Chicago Now

    “The scene of her first day at cooking school where she prepares scrambled eggs is the most innovative bit of staging that I have ever seen. It must be seen to believed. … If you love theatre, this is a must see. If you love food you’ll like it even better.

    —Roy Leonard

  • Windy City Times

    “You will leave the theater following this show wanting to: 1) move to Paris, 2) eat something delicious and French and 3) tell somebody you’ve loved for a long time that you don’t regret it an instant. … Whatever your personal sentiments regarding her legacy, you will cheer on her every victory, share her every sorrow, growl at her every enemy, and happily incur an appetite as you do.

    —Mary Shen Barnidge

  • Broadway World

    “You probably don’t need the sweet, buttery smell of shallots cooking to know that TimeLine Theatre Company’s production of To Master the Art is the theatrical equivalent of comfort food. It would be nostalgic, sentimental and absolutely delicious without the onstage cooking. … [Karen Janes] Woditsch gives one of the best performances of this season and the show is not to be missed.

    —Misha Davenport

  • Stage and Cinema

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. “A delicious passion play. … Four courses and four stars!

    —Lawrence Bommer

  • Ada Grey Reviews for You

    “People who would like this show are people who like food, France, and fun!”

    —Ada Grey

  • Around the Town Chicago

    “It isn’t often that people enjoy going to see a play that they just recently saw, but judging from the opening night audience at The Broadway Playhouse, for their second helping of To Master The Art written by William Brown and Doug Frew, they were ready for “seconds” (as was I).”

    —Dan Zeff

Discussions & Events

  • TO MASTER THE ART Online Discussion
    Tuesday, May 26 at 6pm (CST)

    Join a FREE online video conference with members of the TO MASTER THE ART artistic team.

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  • TO MASTER THE ART Online Discussion
    Wednesday, June 3 at 6pm (CST)

    Join a FREE online video conference with members of the TO MASTER THE ART artistic team.

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  • TO MASTER THE ART Online Discussion
    Thursday, June 11 at 6pm (CST)

    Join a FREE online video conference with members of the TO MASTER THE ART artistic team.

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