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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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When last we saw Nora Helmering, she was walking out the door, leaving behind her husband Torvald and their three children. She had come to believe her whole life was, if not a lie, than an untruth. That was the... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Evil Dead the Musical: You either get it or you don’t. There are some fairly rabid fans of this, not unlike The Rocky Horror Show followers, although it hasn’t gotten to the point of shouting the lines along with the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. [Credit not to Bette Davis in All About Eve but to Joseph Manckiewicz; we don’t give Olivier credit for “Alas, poor Yorick,” do we?] But it is going to be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Raging Skillet is the sort of show that transports one to a very small theater in, say Greenwich Village. It’s not mainstream theatre, nor does it want to be. But it is very, very funny. Rossi – a one-word name... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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I came across the first few pages of the script for Chef online. Upstream Theatre is giving us the American premiere of this play from the British-Egyptian playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, and directed by Marianne de Pury. Chef, the only identification... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The theme for St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s 12th season is “Blood Is Thicker than Water.” Blood is an interesting metaphor for family. Compared to water, not only is it thicker, it’s stickier. It can leave permanent stains. It clots. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The fascination over the assassination of President John Kennedy has waned in recent years. It’s now almost fifty-five years since that November lunchtime in Dallas and the current political situation has eclipsed many things that went before. But there was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
FAUSTival, a collaborative series of four plays based on the Faust legend and the numerous works of art that sprang from it, has a September offering from The Midnight Company. It’s a double bill, the first being An Apology for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Mozart probably wrote Cosi fan tutti with a quill. Andrew Lloyd Webber appears to have written Love Never Dies with a broad-tipped Magic Marker. It’s a sequel to Phantom of the Opera, and in many ways, “opera” is the key... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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As a pizza lover, there’s no such thing to me as too many pizza places. Yes, I can do without the national chains, certainly, but new spots always attract my attention. They especially attract my attention when they serve things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
You've been acquainted with someone for years. You think you know them. And then, after spending the evening together as usual, you find that they're not quite the same person you thought you knew. Consider the same thing in theatre.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
BEAUTIFUL is the best word to begin to describe Crowns, The Black Rep’s opening show of the new season. Staged at Washington University’s Edison Theatre, it’s a celebration of African American women, the glory of their hats and where the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Rep opens its 52nd season with Evita, a blockbuster of a show that takes full advantage of the extra time the summer gave to crank things up. The second major Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber show, it’s become something of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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2018 has not been, I freely acknowledge, a great year for restaurant coverage on this blog. First the book – whose manuscript is in but whose galley proofs are still a-borning, apparently – and then the wedding of the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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I am deeply regretful that I didn’t get to see Lost in the Stars until its closing night. Union Avenue Opera finished its 24th season with the Kurt Will/Maxwell Anderson work from 1949, based on Alan Paton’s well-regarded novel Cry,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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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 Aug 14, 2018 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 Aug 12, 2018 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 Aug 8, 2018 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