What nobody knows Bayless as – for now, at least – is a stage actor. But that’s set to change this week when he teams up with one of the city’s most imaginative theatrical troupes in the Lookingglass Theater production Rick Bayless in Cascabel, starring the celebrity chef as the singing, dancing and, yes, cooking main character. With a love story and acrobats and on-stage food preparation (ticket prices include the full meal from the play), this unusual stew of sights, sounds and tastes is unlike anything that’s been attempted in a Chicago theater.
Will it work? As anyone who has tasted the man’s cooking can attest, it’s tough to bet against Bayless.
March 24 through April 22 at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Avenue. Call 312/337-0665 for ticket information and availability.