The University Record, January 21, 1998

Monet dinner theater adds third performance

Taste of Monet dinner theater case members are (seated) J. Lawrence Henkel (Monet) and Tom Franks and (standing, from left) Bradford Roberts, Rachel Urist, Bill Cross and Jennifer Schuetz. Photo by Jean Muscat

Friends of the Michigan League have scheduled a third Taste of Monet, a dinner theater presentation that will let art-lovers add another dimension to the Museum of Art's landmark Monet exhibit opening Jan. 25.

The Friends have planned an additional dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, after both the Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 dinners sold out well in advance.

A one-hour multi-media theater presentation is being written especially for the occasion by Chicago-based playwright Frances Sebastian. According to producer Nancy Heusel, it is an intimate "dramatic portrait" of the artist, based on his letters, and enhanced with music and slides of his work. The theater performance revives a tradition of presenting original dramas at the League.

The dinner will feature a menu inspired by Monet's favorite household recipes, including the famous Tarte Tatin (an upside-down apple tart) for dessert. Candlelight, wine and music of the era will create an elegant ambiance.

Tickets are $40; seating is limited. For reservations or more information, call 647-7463.