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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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Every once in a while a dessert comes along that smacks you in the face. Here’s one. It’s a one-layer French-style gateau, not a layer cake, dark, rich chocolate but not oversweet. It’s from Clare Ptak, a Chez Panisse alum... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
2018 in St. Louis has been a year of serious theatre. What I’m talking about here is serious, as in not funny. Maybe it’s coincidence but for those who go to a lot of theatre or watch a lot of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s a rather different Hamlet that’s up and running at The Repertory Theatre St. Louis. It’s not weird – no Hamlet-on-Mars – but the pacing feels different, zippier, Hamlet is played differently and the visuals are anywhere from great to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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When I write or talk about food, I've often declared that I won't argue about barbecue or pizza. Let me immediately state that as someone who writes about theater, I will not discuss the authenticity of Shakespeare's plays. Any of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Discomfort with serious illness: A dramatic subject if ever there was one. Certainly the person who is ill has their own emotional and intellectual battles. But the constellation of people around the patient – they’re equally interesting to the neutral... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The title above says Sweet Revenge. But the full title of this version of a classic Polish comedy as translated by Upstream Theatre’s founding artistic director Phillip Boehm is Sweet Revenge as Performed by the Juliusz Stowacki Players, St. Louis,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Several school districts in this vicinity are still battling sex education curriculum problems. The combatants probably should go see Spring Awakening at Stray Dog. It’s a fine example of what adult unease over saying facts out loud can lead to.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Lizzie. Shall I compare thee to The Student Prince, or even Oklahoma!? One of the great pleasures of theatre is the wide range of possibilities within a genre, and if Sigmund Romberg is at one side of the spectrum, heeeere’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Let’s get this out of the way first thing: I can’t recall the last time I saw a toilet onstage. But there it is, upstage left, gleaming and tidy. Interestingly (said the former nurse, who’s heard them all), there aren’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The new theatre kid in town is the Inevitable Theatre Company. (Who could resist the slogan, “Death. Taxes. Theatre. You Can’t Avoid the Inevitable!”?) Their maiden voyage into the St. Louis theatre waters is Unsuspecting Susan at The Chapel. Donna... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Years ago, Joe and I stopped for lunch at an oyster shack north of San Francisco. It was a quiet autumn weekday. Only one other couple were there enjoying the oysters and the weather. Eventually, the woman asked me where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Are critics harder on shows they know and love – or does their previous affection soften their hearts toward new stagings of them? I have no good answers for that. Nevertheless, I publicly admit that South Pacific is one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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There’s a great deal of logic in thinking that a good bakery – a good bread bakery – should be able to deliver good pizza. Jim Lahey, the New Yorker who gave us the wonderful no-knead bread, for instance, has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has opened Repertory Theatre of St Louis’ 51st season. What a fascinating show it is, showing the work that must have gone into it for much of the summer. Based on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s no small task to mix broad comedy and a serious subject like Alzheimer’s disease. The Black Rep’s new show DOT, by Colman Domingo, attempts, and, for the most part, succeeds in doing so. Moreover, it manages without poking fun... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The name Polite Society might be a two-edged sword for the Lafayette Square restaurant. Co-owner Brian Schmitz said he and partner Jonathan Schoen were just trying to convey an air of pleasant behavior, particularly thinking about service. Polite Society definitely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I first met Agnes Wilcox as one of the coterie of friends that were one of my husband’s inadvertent wedding gifts to me. She, too, was married to a theatre critic, Bob Wilcox, but in addition was running The New... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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“White nights” refers to the long, lingering twilights occur at far northern (and southern, of course) latitudes such as Russia. A gathering of people having tea just before dusk is happening several times currently in town. It’d be a good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s no secret that I’m pretty crabby on the subject of morning potatoes. The last place I expected to find platonic antemeridianal spuds was New York City. But there they were, smiling and waving at me from a plate across... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Folks don’t dress up for seafood in Baltimore. There, as in New Orleans, it’s an ordinary part of everyday life, not something that calls for nice shoes and something a step up from a t-shirt. Sure, there are fancier spots,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Can we agree that most airport food is pretty unsatisfying? Accordingly, when good stuff pops up, it’s worth noting. I have a few standards I always suggest – but with the reminder that part of the trick is being in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What fun it is to go to a show about which you’re hesitant – and come out grinning from ear to ear. Stages St. Louis’ current show is 9 to 5 The Musical, and for those of us who delighted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The 21st century did not invent “fake news”. (As the widow, mother, mother-in-law, and stepmother of journalists, and in the interest of full disclosure, I will say the phrase makes my skin crawl.) It was going on in the United... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Is He Dead? could well be described as a melodrama of manners. St. Louis Shakespeare has brought in director Ed Coffield, a guy possessed of a fine hand with comedy, to handle this Mark Twain story, found only a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Could someone please figure out how to hook up Stray Dog Theatre’s new production of Ragtime The Musical to an energy cell? They’re generating enough voltage to keep the lights burning all over south St. Louis with this show. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks