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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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The Muny closed out its centennial season with Meet Me in St. Louis. It seems unnecessary to add “of course” at the end of that sentence. Unless one is a complete curmudgeon and sneers at any hint of boosterism or... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Talk about blood lines – The Robber Bridegroom book and lyrics are from Alfred Uhry, who gave us Driving Miss Daisy, from a novella by the esteemed Eudora Welty, who in turn apparently kipped it from the Brothers Grimm. Grimm,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A big don't-miss: And here's the link to the review. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Muny’s doing Gypsy this week, a show that’s been around so long that some folks don’t remember just how good it is. The script, based loosely on a memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, a rather elegant (and relatively restrained)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Jennifer and Bob sit outside on a summer night. It’s quiet and pleasant. Soon, there’s a noise offstage, and then footsteps. It’s their new neighbors, John and Pony, who banged into the garbage can, uh, while they were listening to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The original version of the movie Mamma Mia! looks better than ever now that the followup film continuing the story has been released. (You want irritable? Try The New York Times review of it.) Stages St. Louis currently shows off... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The second half of St. Louis Actors’ Studio LaBute New Theater Festival finishes up this weekend. As is the tradition, it, like the first section earlier in July, opens with the short play that Neil LaBute offers each year. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A fine meal at the Preston with excellent service. The quiet decor is a good setting for some colorful food. Read about it here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s hard to resist a play that includes probably the 19th Century’s greatest food scene. The Importance of Being Earnest is the current offering from Insight Theatre Company, scampering across the stage at the Grandel Theatre. It’s Oscar Wilde at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Ah, those staid Victorians…. H.M.S. Pinafore, now staged by the Union Avenue Opera Company puts the lie to many of the stereotypes we, uh, pin on them. It’s classic Gilbert and Sullivan, of course, and modern theatre-goers might be interested... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Once upon a time, the then-Municipal Opera in St. Louis gave the audiences shows like Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince. Teenagers would wonder to themselves, Why are they doing stuff like that? Who wants to hear an operetta, for crying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s time once again for the annual LaBute New Theater Festival at St. Louis Actors’ Theatre. This is the sixth year for the festival, and a good chance for theatre-goers who want to avoid The Same Stuff to see brand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Eng of the Rainbow is no lighthearted whimsy, let’s establish that right away. The last few months of Judy Garland’s life come to us unvarnished, in all their spangled, stumbling glory. We are in, mostly, a suite at the Ritz... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Precipitation and the Muny are old friends. Last week’s opening of The Wiz had a rain delay, of course. The current show, Singin’ in the Rain, whose title has surely caused dozens of jokes among staff and audience alike, was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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 Jun 22, 2018 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 Jun 21, 2018 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 Jun 19, 2018 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 17, 2018 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