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Night out: Discover Paris with Julia Child

Paul and Julia Child.

Paul and Julia Child.

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all,” said Julia Child, who learned to cook as young bride in Paris in the 1950s. Lakeview’s TimeLine Theatre Company tells the story of Child’s life in France in the world premiere of “To Master the Art” by William Brown and Doug Frew Oct. 30 through Dec. 19. The play, commissioned by the theater, focuses on the adventure and romance of Child and her husband, Paul’s, discovery of France and its cuisine.

“Bill and Doug have crafted a love story for the ages. Inspired to re-define herself in mid-life, Julia was on a path to shatter the perceived role of the American housewife, while Paul toiled in the bureaucracy of the state department,” TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers said. “They were two frustrated artists charting very different courses, working to master the arts of marriage, communication, cooking and personal fulfillment — a struggle that would ultimately impact legions of followers and ignite a nation of food enthusiasts.”

Free post-show discussions occur on Thursdays, Nov, 4, 11 and 18 and Dec. 2; Sundays, Nov. 7, 21 and 28; and Wednesday, Dec. 1. A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play takes place on Sunday, Nov. 14, and a free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members on Sunday, Dec. 5. Show tickets are $28 to $38.

There are loads of dining opportunities in the area, but the one that might most befit the play is La Creperie, which has been serving French crepes since 1972.