With Jacqueline Onassis getting her own Broadway show, and Ari Onassis discussed in the touring Master Class, it's only fair that John F. Kennedy should get a show of his own -- of sorts. Coming to NY's Theatre Row Theatre sometime this fall will be Michael Dempsey's dark comedy, Hail To The Chef, based on a true incident at a Washington DC Halloween party in 1966. Apparently, an F.B.I. Special agent walked in on the party to discover a Senator, a doctor, their wives and a next door neighbor's child sitting down to a holiday dinner. One of the foods offered for consumption that night was an unidentified clump of gray matter. That very night, a piece of President Kennedy brain was reported missing from the National Archives.
Coincidence??? Well, among the items on the dinner table was a recipe for the preparation of brains. ("Put brains in bowl and cover with cold water... Drain and rinse under cold water to remove any traces of blood...")
Appropriately enough, the Abingdon Theatre Company's Hail To The Chef opens at the Theatre Row Theatre on Halloween, Oct. 31. The play runs to Nov. 17. For tickets and information call (212) 802-8383.
--By David Lefkowitz