“Fascinating. Lighthearted & Spicy.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES, Elisabeth Vincentelli
“Still charming and sexy at 85, Taylor dishes out laughs and unexpectedly tender moments.” - NEWSDAY, Joseph Amodio
“The inimitable Renée Taylor’s new show is wonderful. It’s an evening laced with love and laughter.” - NEW YORK POST, Barbara Hoffman
“Astonishingly funny. I probably laughed harder, longer and more often at this show than I have at all the comedies of this new century.” - BROADWAY RADIO, Peter Filichia
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is pleased to present a three-week engagement of Renée Taylor’s MY LIFE ON A DIET at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie in the Northlight Theatre space from Tuesday, July 16 through Sunday, August 4, 2019 (please see below for a full performance schedule). Tickets for the award-winning autobiographical comedy range in price from $45 to $92 and are on sale now at the North Shore Center box office, www.NorthShoreCenter.org, or by calling 847-673-6300.
In MY LIFE ON A DIET, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Renée Taylor, perhaps best-known today as Fran Drescher's outspoken mother, Sylvia Fine, on the CBS sitcom The Nanny, looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets. A self-described “diet junkie” who used to think that if she ate like star, she’d just might look and live like one, Taylor dishes out both juicy anecdotes about and weight loss tips from Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbra Streisand. She also shares hilarious and poignant stories about Joseph Bologna, her late husband and partner in work for 52 years. In telling about her highs and lows – on and off the scale – this comedy legend proves the ability to laugh gets you through it all.
MY LIFE ON A DIET is written by Taylor and Joseph Bologna, and was originally directed by Bologna. MY LIFE ON A DIET made its New York premiere last summer with a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements. In November, Taylor won the annual United Solo Special Award for MY LIFE ON A DIET for her significant contributions to solo theater during the year.
RENéE TAYLOR (Performer, Co-Writer). MY LIFE ON A DIET is one of 22 plays, four films, and nine TV movies and series that Renée and Joseph Bologna created together. Renée and Joe appeared together on Broadway in their plays Lovers and Other Strangers (1968), It Had to Be You (1981), and If You Ever Leave Me … I’m Going With You! (2001); and Off-Broadway in Bermuda Avenue Triangle (Promenade Theatre, 1997). For film, they received an Academy Award nomination for the 1970 film adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers. The following year, they co-wrote and co-starred in Made for Each Other (Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Comedy). Taylor and Bologna co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1989 film adaptation of It Had to Be You, and the 1996 film Love Is All There Is (which introduced a young Angelina Jolie). For television, the couple won Emmy Awards in 1973 for writing “Acts of Love and Other Comedies,” and were nominated once again the following year for writing the TV movie “Paradise.” They co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1984 HBO movie “Bedrooms” (Writers Guild Award). Taylor made her professional stage debut at 15 in a Purim Pageant at Madison Square Garden, and earned her Actors Equity card at age 19 for appearing in The Rehearsal at The President Theatre. Her other stage credits include: Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Agatha Sue, I Love You (directed by George Abbott); Luv (directed by Mike Nichols); Elaine May’s 1964 improvisational revue The Third Ear; and William Gibson’s Dinny and the Witches at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Her many film credits also include: Jerry Lewis’ The Errand Boy, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Elaine May’s A New Leaf, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lovesick, White Palace, Life During Wartime, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, and more recently, The Do-Over and How To Be a Latin Lover. Known for her Emmy nominated role of Sylvia Fine in “The Nanny,” Taylor’s other notable TV acting credits include “Daddy Dearest” and the groundbreaking HBO sitcom “Dream On” (she had the distinction of appearing on these three television shows simultaneously). More recently she has had recurring roles in “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Happily Divorced,” and can currently be seen on Amazon’s “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills.” In addition to winning the United Solo Special Award for Outstanding solo show, Taylor was recently inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 due to the success of MY LIFE ON A DIET. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University.
JOSEPH BOLOGNA (Co-Writer, Director) was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 30, 1934. Bologna graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history. Following a tour with the U.S. Marines, Joe started directing short films and writing special comedy material. Bologna made his Broadway debut as the co-star and co-author of Lovers and Other Strangers, and he made his film debut as the co-star and co-author of Made for Each Other. His other film credits include Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company, The Big Bus, Chapter Two, My Favorite Year, Blame It on Rio, The Woman in Red, Love Is All There Is and Big Daddy. His television credits include the Emmy-winning television special “Acts of Love and Other Comedies” (co-written with Ms. Taylor), and the made for TV films “Honor Thy Father;” “Paradise;” “What’s New, Catherine Cutis?;” “Torn Between Two Lovers;” and “One Cooks, the Other Doesn't;” among others. An Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning playwright and screenwriter, Bologna, with Taylor, his wife and partner of 52 years, collaborated on 22 plays, four film screenplays, and nine TV movies and series.
Price & Performance Schedule
Renée Taylor’s My Life on a Diet by Renée Taylor & Joseph Bologna
Tuesday, July 16 – Sunday, August 04, 2019; Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm
Ticket Range: $45-$92
Tuesday Evening: $80 | $55 | $45
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Matinee: $87 | $62 | $52
Saturday Evening & Sunday Matinee: $92 | $67 | $57
Tickets are on sale now at the North Shore Center box office, NorthShoreCenter.org, or by calling 847-673-6300.
Price level one seating includes prime seating and entry into post-show meet & greet with Renée Taylor.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at Group Theater Tix: (312) 423-6612
Discounted theatre packages are available at NorthShoreCenter.org/SummerAtTheCenter
North Shore Center Feature Series | ww.NorthShoreCenter.org/FeatureSeries
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater | June 14-16
Wiesenthal | Jun 26-30
Hitler’s Tasters | Jul 05-14
Renée Taylor’s My Life on a Diet | Jul 16 - Aug 04
The Righteous Brothers | Jul 19
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion | Jul 23 & 25
Kuana Torres Kahele | Aug 10
Keb’ Mo’ | Sep 13
Lewis Black | Sep 27 & 28
BritBeat - Abbey Road 50th Anniversary | Oct 12
Judy Collins | Oct 19
Ryan Hamilton | Oct 26
Postmodern Jukebox | Oct 30
Broadway with the Callaway Sisters | Dec 14
More Shows Announced Soon!
ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE CENTER
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is a dynamic two-theater complex designed by Boston architect Graham Gund and opened in November 1996. The North Shore Center is managed by Professional Facilities Management, Inc. and operates as part of the Village of Skokie’s plan to provide cultural, literary and educational programs to benefit the citizens of Skokie and Chicago’s North Shore. The facility features an 867-seat main theater, and a convertible 318-seat theater, which serves as the home to Northlight Theatre. In addition, there is a 6,000 square foot grand lobby, rehearsal hall and conference rooms. The North Shore Center presents a Feature Series and the curriculum-based Youtheatre program, which has provided supplemental arts education to over a million Chicago area students since its launch in 1980. Located 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop and conveniently across from Westfield Old Orchard Mall, the Center is in close proximity to many excellent dining, shopping and hotel options. Free parking is also abundantly available. For more information or tickets to its diverse programming, please visit NorthShoreCenter.org.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Village of Skokie, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, Wintrust Community Banks, Evanston Subaru in Skokie, Niles Township Government, The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Rice Young People’s Endowment of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Rotary Club of Skokie Valley, Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago North Shore, and Jameson’s Charhouse.