Commissioned by TimeLine Theatre in 2008, TO MASTER THE ART received its world premiere at TimeLine in 2010, receiving more than 20 rave reviews and five Jeff Award nominations, including New Work and Production. The play recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child's journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s. From the bistro where Julia 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, this is the story of a larger-than-life culinary icon and her remarkable husband as they struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad.
The Chicago Tribune raved that TO MASTER THE ART was one of the "toughest tickets in Chicago" and called the show "an excellent, intimate, foodie-friendly staging, resonant with atmosphere". And Talkin' Broadway called it "a total delight—funny, touching, charming and as enjoyable as an exquisite meal enjoyed together with good company."