Cascabel, with Rick Bayless and Lookingglass Theatre, to return
Cascabel, the unique collaboration between celebrity chef Rick Bayless and Lookingglass Theatre Company, is set for an encore, it was announced this morning in an event at Bayless's Frontera Grill. "This is not dinner theater—it's theater about dinner," Bayless said today.
Bayless and co-director Heidi Stillman made the announcement that Cascabel would be newly staged in the Goodman Theatre's Owen Theatre next summer for a limited run, July 30–August 24, 2014. Tickets will go on sale to Lookingglass subscribers October 29 and to single ticket buyers November 19.
As first staged at Lookingglass's Michigan Avenue theater in March 2012, the dinner/theater hybrid set a Bayless-created multicourse meal against impressive circus acts coordinated by Tony Hernandez (also the creator of the dazzling Hephaestus) and tied together with a loose narrative that also included Bayless onstage, portraying a lovelorn chef (and eventually engaging in a little dancing). Figuring a dinner/theater hybrid like this deserved a hybrid review, TOC's then–associate Food & Drink editor Julia Kramer and I filed this back-and-forth take on Cascabel.