Best Dinner Theater: 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover,' adapted by Nick Vyssotsky

Annex Theater, 219 N. Park Ave., baltimoreannextheater.org

It's a little wistful for us to think about this production because it took place at Canteen, the greatly missed Station North coffee shop, whose owner, Dane Nester, was in charge of creating the gustatory drama to accompany Annex Theater's adaptation of Peter Greenaway's 1989 film, spearheaded by Rjyan Kidwell's massive asshole of a main character. It is a total reinvention of dinner theater—top-notch, actually good family-style dining with an actually good play that takes place in the restaurant and uses all of the awkwardness of that to its advantage. A couple of months later, a short run of an adaptation of Plato’s “Symposium” also involved food and wine, so we hope it is the beginning of a trend.

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