Victor, a wealthy American newspaperman – that's a contradiction in terms, of course; Victor inherited money from his newspaper-owning dad – is living the expatriate's dream in 1961. A devotee of Papa Hemingway, he gallivants around Europe with his mistress, Louise, and owns a cafe in Paris where he employs the country's finest chef to cook only for himself or for the two of them. That's right: The entire establishment and its staff exist to cater to his whims – which they do with the devotion of those old family retainers in novels about Victorian England. As the play opens, however, Victor is heartbroken. He has just returned from the bullfights in Madrid, where Louise refused his offer of marriage, and has come to the cafe intending to starve himself to death.... More >>>
Bob Buckley, John Arp and Josh Hartwell in An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf.