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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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Opera Theatre of St. Louis brings us the relatively unknown work titled Regina. But this is a story and characters film and theater buffs will recognize as Lillian Hellman’s play The Little Foxes, later made into a film with the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s the Muny tradition, still continuing as they enter their second century: The show must go on. The Wiz began at 9.36 p.m. on opening night. They’d hoped for earlier but a second round of steady rain put things off... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Hedda Gabler is on the boards at Stray Dog Theatre. It’s a sure winner for those who want something beyond the summer fluffies. Yes, it’s a major work; the title character is considered one of the most important dramatic roles... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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One of the great things about theatre is how it manages to amalgamate so many disciplines into a single experience – or as Ed Kleban wrote to Marvin Hamlisch’s music, “One singular sensation”. Blow, Winds is singular, but far more... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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One of the great things about theatre is how it manages to amalgamate so many disciplines into a single experience – or as Ed Kleban wrote to Marvin Hamlisch’s music, “One singular sensation”. Blow, Winds is singular, but far more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Here's a challenge, theatre buffs: Take an old script and figure out how to give it some zip. I Do! I Do! returns to open the current season at Stages St. Louis. It was on offer in their first year,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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There’s a great story in the Luchadora! program from the playwright, Alvaro Saar Rios. The play’s inspiration came from his grandmother, who was a big fan of lucha libre, Mexican wrestling. Why, he wondered as a child, was such a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
They're acting up in Forest Park again. Yes, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, now in its eighteenth year, offers as its flagship production Romeo and Juliet. It’s the first time SFSL has repeated a show; R&J was their initial offering in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
We've lost another of the good guys. Fio Antognini passed away in an accident Wednesdday. See more here: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/chef-fio-antognini-dies-in-rock-climbing-accident-in-utah/ Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Life Sucks – well, does it? The answer, of necessity, is, “Sometimes, yes.” The question is examined in depth in the show of that name, the last of the current season at New Jewish Theatre. Directed by Edward Coffield, who... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Yes, La Traviata is a warhorse. But the old gray mare has had a fine makeover and appears wearing a metaphorical blanket of camellias as she crosses the finish line for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For those who aren’t... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The author C. S. Lewis seems, to me, a logical subject for a one-man show. But he’s a name that’s slipped from public view. Narnia-philes remember him, of course, but except for Shadowlands, the 1993 film with Anthony Hopkins as... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Tennessee Rising is indeed a one-person show, a piece that looks at Tennessee Williams’ creative life from his youth to his initial success with Glass Menagerie. Jacob Storms created and performs it this weekend at the .ZACK. Storms gives us... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A Streetcar Named Desire kicks off this year’s Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. Get thee hither. I’m not sure what scholars say about this work, but I think it’s probably Williams’ masterpiece. For those who don’t know the story, Blanche,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Schneithorst family has been feeding people so long, they had a place in the old St. Louis airport - the one on Lindbergh. And there was the Hampton location for burgers and such. But the Hofamberg Inn morphed into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Why beat around the bush? Hamilton is stunning. It’s fascinating, it’s beautiful, and, yes, it’s revolutionary. It requires attention, make no mistake about it. But somehow those revolutionary changes to music and casting seem the most natural thing in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Absolutely delicious: Here's brunch at Scape. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Whatever you do, don’t think Stiff is about someone who’s awkwardly formal in their dealings with other people. Even the full title of the regional premiere from Inevitable Theatre Company is Stiff: A Fast-Paced Comedy About Moving Slow doesn’t really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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"I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in." That’s a serious quote to start a review of a comedy. Born Yesterday, the last show of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
As It Is In Heaven isn’t quite a Shaker musical, although there’s plenty of music and even dance in it. It’s a fascinating story of women in a Shaker community in 1840’s Kentucky. The Shakers were a religious community of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What? No bar-le-duc, the currant jam? (And of all things, I first learned of it in a novel, one of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries. Mr. Wolfe was a man of exquisite taste.)
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It's a pilgrimage, or at least a road trip, for some of us to go up to Florissant. But the trip to Hendel's can be a good way to spend a Sunday midday. An interesting combination of busy - or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Here’s another chance for the reviewer to use that classic Monty Python title, “And Now for Something Completely Different”. Lately, it feels like those opportunities are coming up at least twice a year. But the current production, Caught, at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Anything Goes comes from the era when musicals were musical comedies, and the music was the important thing. Stories were just something to bridge the gap from one song to the next. Admittedly, there were some madcap romps that came... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Fish fries in Lent? Of course. They've even spread to areas outside St. Louis that have proportionately fewer Catholics than the metropolitan area. But are they just a St. Louis thing? Well, no. Just liike the question, "Where did you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks