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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 11/15/2006

Hot Nights to Beat the Cold

By Erin

With pre-holiday stress mounting and the ever-changing weather confusing us so we're always either three layers too bundled or miserably frozen, the theater provides a warm, inviting refuge. I've already written my preview of this month in theater, but there are a few highlights that deserve more recognition, both for their quality and the close proximity of their venues to good dinner or drinks. Whether you're looking for a way to occupy visiting family or spice up a date night, here are a few suggestions.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a peach of a play. Folger adapts the show with '30s-era costumes and plenty of music. Kate Eastwood Norris, one of my favorite local actresses, is a star as the devilish Puck, but David Marks (who plays Bottom) and the entire cast contribute strong performances. Better yet, it's also well-suited for a cozy dinner at nearby fireplace-endowed Sonoma.

I've already extolled the wonders of "Corteo" in two previous blog posts, but it never hurts to harp again. With flowing costumes and breathtaking stunts, you'll want to see it and then talk about it afterward. Thankfully, you won't have to walk far to find a fitting place to do so. Just across the street from the old Convention Center site, Acadiana has a bar menu -- including its delicious Sazerac -- that's available until 11:30 most nights during the show's run. On the other side of the tent, sushi and cocktails at Oya are plentiful, as is the mezze selection at Zaytinya.

I went to see "The Beaux' Stratagem" out of sheer curiosity. Thornton Wilder's take on an 18th-century Brit comedy about commingling cons was something I had to investigate and it didn't let me down. The set amazes as it moves and shifts from inn to country estate, and the actors do a fantastic job of hamming up the proceedings with a good degree of silliness. Though audience members around me were in hysterics the whole time, I most looked forward to the scenes involving Veanne Cox as sardonic Kate Sullen. Start the evening with a sneaky meal at Zola.

Finally, I've yet to see "The Little Prince," but it's a favorite childhood story of mine and I am most excited to experience the live version. In the fun and enchanting spirit of the tale, revel in the whimsy of a corn dog with purple mustard at Black's Bar and Kitchen.


By Erin  | November 15, 2006; 1:53 PM ET
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