What Is the Story of I’ll Eat You Last?
Set in 1981, the solo comedy I'll Eat You Last takes audiences into the parlor of Tinseltown’s number one agent, Sue Mengers (Bette Midler). Mengers is about to throw one of her legendary, star-studded dinner parties, but her plans are overshadowed by having just been fired by superstar client Barbra Streisand. As Sue awaits an explanatory phone call from the Funny Girl star, she shares an array of juicy Hollywood stories. This jaw-dropping comedy charts Sue Mengers’ rise from a child of the Holocaust to movieland power player.
The role fits Midler like a glove and she does not disappoint under Joe Mantello's direction. And anyone who likes both Midler and gossip about 1970s Hollywood ought to have a good time.Review by Matt Windman from AM NY
Under Joe Mantello's pitch-perfect direction, Midler dives into the role with predictable relish -- which is not to say that she chews the scenery. However brassy her persona, Mengers clearly valued taste and discretion, as Pask's spacious, elegant scenic reminds us. Holding court over an audience whose members, as she repeatedly informs us, aren't nearly distinguished enough to warrant an invitation to her house, the actress brings an element of wry detachment to even some more personal observations.Review by Elysa Gardner from USA Today
What Is I’ll Eat You Last Like?
Written by three-time Oscar nominee and Tony winner John Logan (Red) and directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked), I’ll Eat You Last gives audiences an 80-minute-long peek into the world of the Hollywood gods. The show is anchored in a sensational stage performance by Bette Midler (who has not appeared on the Great White Way since 1980). As superagent Sue Mengers, Midler rehashes some of Hollywood’s juiciest stories as well as Mengers’ career highs and lows. The one-act play is set entirely inside Mengers’ stunning Beverly Hills living room (designed by Tony winner Scott Pask), and Midler doesn’t leave the peach-colored couch until curtain call, but fear not: Ms. Midler runs a marathon from that sofa. The show is a must-see for Midler fans and Hollywood aficionados alike.
Is I’ll Eat You Last Good for Kids?
I’ll Eat You Last is not the best show to bring young ones to. As audiences enter the Booth Theatre, the curtain reads, “Warning: This play contains profanity, smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, and gossip.” Midler cusses up a storm, smokes grass and pours a stiff drink…and the comedy wouldn’t be the same if she didn’t.