NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Renée Taylor’s award-winning autobiographical comedy, “My Life on a Diet,” will arrive at George Street Playhouse next month, with performances beginning Nov. 19 in the Arthur Laurents Theater at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
Taylor, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress, 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 partner in work and life 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.
“We are so fortunate to welcome Ms. Taylor to our new home in the NBPAC this season,” George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint said. “This hilarious show is the perfect opportunity to see an icon on our stage.”
"My Life on a Diet" is written by Taylor and Bologna, and was originally directed by Bologna. It made its New York premiere last summer with a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements. In November 2018, Taylor won the annual United Solo Special Award for "My Life on a Diet" for her significant contributions to solo theater during the year.
"My Life on a Diet" is one of 22 plays, four films and nine TV movies and series that Taylor and Bologna created together.
They 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).
Known for her Emmy nominated role of Sylvia Fine in “The Nanny,” Taylor’s other notable TV acting credits include “Daddy Dearest” and the 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.”
The national tour of "My Life on a Diet" is presented by Julian Schlossberg.
For tickets, to buy a subscription or to bring a group of 10 or more at a special group rate, visit GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org.