Five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. From the excitement and awkwardness of a first date to the grief of watching a parent fade, The Big Meal portrays the arc of a family’s experience from a single restaurant table at a chain restaurant. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights.
2ndStage is Studio’s playground for emerging artists, offering innovative and thrillingly eclectic programming with shorter rehearsal periods and smaller budgets than our other productions, with a spirit of exuberance and experiment.
Expertly directed and beautifully performed.
A sharply funny new drama.
The 1920s marked the end of an era, one of home-cooked dinners prepared by meticulous housewives who labored over a stove for their families. According to food and culture journalist Samantha Barbas, “urbanization, changing gender roles, and increased culinary standardization and commercialization led Americans to lament the demise of home cooking. Gone, they claimed, were large country kitchens, run by full-time housewives, serving home-baked bread and made-from-scratch pies.”Read More