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"An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf"

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Victor, a Hemingway-worshiping American millionaire gourmet and early retiree, owns a Paris restaurant solely for his private use. But Hemingway has just died, and Victor's mistress has just walked. Victor resolves to starve himself in his restaurant, whose devoted staff vies to save him with great cookery. Such is the absurdist premise of Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, which John Rando has neatly directed. Michael McCormick, Matt Stinton, and Nance Williamson act well, Jonathan Freeman and Annie Golden overact, and George Wendt doesn't act at all. The dishes we don't see sound better than the play we do.


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