(Leah Rozen’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/19; via Pam Green.)

Right now on Broadway, audience members can glimpse the behind-the-scenes frenzy at an elite eatery in the comedy “Fully Committed.” And a ticket to the musical “Waitress” opens a window onto the lives of workers at a small-town diner, who find unlikely romance amid the pie-making and hash-slinging.

Entertaining? Hopefully. But for actors in these and other shows, what’s happening onstage may stir up bittersweet memories of earlier lean times when, as fresh-faced new arrivals in New York, their only chance to emote was reciting dinner specials for surly customers at the restaurants where they worked.


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