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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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Not all holiday plays are meant to be...um, family-friendly. The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told would work for some families, certainly, but not for those with smaller, curious children or who are offended by nudity or sexuality or even sexual... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Tribes, the current offering from St. Louis Actors’ Studio, is definitely not a comedy. It’s a drama with some very funny lines, the sort of unsettling combination that makes audiences sit up and pay close attention. It’s engrossing enough that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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I admit I always think about A Christmas Story with a bit deeper nostalgia than some people. I, too, grew up in a small Midwestern town, but it’s not that commonality making me smile. I was, I believe, the only... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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To paraphrase Judy Blume, are you there, St. Louis? It’s Me, God. God’s decided to return to St. Louis, not that He ever left, but it seems He’s doing some revisions of the Ten Commandments. To make Himself manifest to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Shotspeare is way not just for Shakespeare buffs. In fact, I’m sure that some Deeply Serious Shakespeare-ophiles will be Deeply Offended by it. But rowdy, indeed bawdy humor was common in Elizabethan times. Shotspeare fits right into that. The small... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Here's more of what I've been doing besides working on the book! Five fine po'boys, all of which rise above the expected! This is the lobster one from Broadway Oyster Bar. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Here's what I've been doing when I wasn't working on the book. It's from the Soups and Sandwiches feature in St. Louis Magazine. And, yes, I know that's not a sandwich in the story. Kevin Roberts did the photos for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Lost Restaurants of St. Louis is here! Forty-eight now-gone St. Louis restaurants, including a few at the edge of the metropolitan area, are included. My editors asked for a very few long-lived existing places to eat, so three of those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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This autumn has been a fertile harvest season for those who seek more than the Same Old. SATE Ensemble Theatre’s contribution to Faustival is Doctor Faustus, or the Modern Promethius, John Wolber’s work playing on the kit Marlowe classic. Wolbers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Admissions. The word has two accepted definitions. One is “a statement acknowledging the truth of something”. The second is “the process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution”. The Joshua Harmon play by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s not Shakespeare for Dummies. Rebel and Misfits Productions’ offering of Macbeth: Come Like Shadows would not be a good choice for those unfamiliar with the Bard. Nevertheless, in many ways this is an exciting production. It’s innovative, taking the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A good time is clearly being had by all. Or at least the company of Into the Breeches! surely makes it seem that way. A project of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the first of three pieces offered by their IN... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
There seems to be something about the venues at the Centene Center for the Arts that spins unusual productions. Another hmmm event is currently on the boards, courtesy of ERA and Theatre Nuevo. Whither Should I Fly is a part... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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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 Oct 15, 2018 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 Oct 13, 2018 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 Oct 12, 2018 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