NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A popular Brooklyn restaurant with a brilliant yet volatile chef who sometimes has trouble simmering down: That’s the setting for a sizzling-hot, off-broadway play called “Seared,” written by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck.
Chef Harry is portrayed by four-time Tony nominee Raul Esparza.READ MORE: Police: 2 Wanted In Connection To Armed Robbery At Bronx Apartment
The chef believes his definition of perfection on the menu, and on the balance sheet, is the only one that counts, despite his business partner who is frantically fearful that the chef’s eccentricities are going to close the place.
He’s a character never at a loss for words, and every one of them counts.
Rebeck joined CBSN New York’s Dana Tyler to talk about her creation.READ MORE: Sanitation Worker Dies After Being Struck By Car In Brooklyn, Police Searching For Driver
Though full of fun and humor, the intense play also shows the characters driven to their emotional extremes.
“I’m more interested in how comedy and tragedy, how comedy and drama line up right next to each other,” said Rebeck.
Off-stage, Rebeck’s TV projects include the shows “Smash” and “NYPD Blue,” and in 2021 her screenplay for the spy film “355” will tap actors Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyongo.MORE NEWS: Brooklyn Organizations Collecting Donations To Help People Of St. Vincent After Volcanic Eruption
The play “Seared” is at the MCC Theater at 511 West 52nd Street, through Dec. 22.