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Robert Irvine takes his cooking show to Rialto in Joliet April 20

“Restaurant: Impossible” star Robert Irvine will appear RialSquare Theatre Joliet 8 p.m. April 20.

“Restaurant: Impossible” star Robert Irvine will appear at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet at 8 p.m. April 20.

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Updated: May 10, 2013 6:24AM



Food Network star Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”) has cooked up an unusual live show he’s bringing to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet at 8 p.m. April 20.

“Robert Irvine Live,” Irvine’s first theatrical tour, incorporates challenges, audience interaction and video projection.

“This is not just me cooking on stage for two hours because that has been done before,” Irvine said in an email. “I wanted to do something totally different that makes cooking a vehicle for being able to create a theatrical event.”

Preview performances found Irvine rappelling down balconies and being challenged to feed members of the audience with no knowledge of the ingredients while a timer counted down. The show will be different at each location, and Irvine said he has chosen to remain in the dark about what challenges will be thrown at him each night.

“We basically have constructed a set list of cooking challenges, much like a rock band would put together a list of songs for the evening. The big difference is our ‘lead singer’ has no idea what that list will entail,” producer Joshua Lingenfelter said. “My job is to try every way I can to trip Robert up.”

The show also features a host described as a “live and interactive computer-generated character” that can talk to Irvine and react to what he and the audience are doing.

Tickets are on sale for $29 to $153 a person (additional fees may apply). The $153 tickets include a VIP cooking seminar with Irvine.

Tickets can be purchased at the Rialto box office, 102 N. Chicago St., or ordered by calling (815) 726-6600 or Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. They’re also available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.



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