Based on Betty Fussell's 1999 memoir of the same title, My Kitchen Wars will play the 78th Street Theatre Lab beginning March 5 with an official opening scheduled for March 17. The play will also feature the vocals of jazz singer Melissa Sweeney; Elinor Renfield directs with musical direction by Bill Cunliffe. Lyman, who received two Emmy Awards for her work as Opal Gardner on ABC's "All My Children," portrays food write Fussell in the play, dishing out lessons learned, both in and out of the kitchen. According to production notes, "As Fussell’s culinary skills go from hot dogs to lobster bisque, her marriage to distinguished historian Paul Fussell seems to crumble. Shedding the role of 1950's faculty wife, Fussell emerges as an independent woman in conflict with her husband’s expectation of a wife. Separate roles, love affairs and accomplishments ultimately drive wife and husband to separation."
On stage Dorothy Lyman was seen in A Rage in Tenure, which she also wrote. That production earned the actress four Dramalogue Awards. She starred in the Off-Broadway productions of A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Loving Reno.
My Kitchen Wars will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 7:30 PM with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. All tickets are priced at $35 and are available by calling (212) 868-4444. The 78th Street Theatre Lab is located at 236 West 78th Street.