Parental Writes #40 – The Price of Fame

One of the coolest parts of Duncan being in a successful show is that the theater is a gorgeously renovated vaudeville house:

It’s part of the Minneapolis Theatre District, a stretch of several theaters, restaurants, bars, and shops. Really nice part of downtown.

During rehearsals and on 2-performance days, we would need to pick him up for dinner break. Not wanting to drive all the way home, we would find a place nearby that wasn’t too extravagant. Well, with the exception of the bar next door, which is perfectly delicious in my mind, extravagant is kind of the norm. :/

One day, one of the other parents invited the boys (and parents, if they were there) to dinner at the steakhouse next door. They have some connection there so they got a deal of some sort, because it’s pretty swanky! I guess people coming downtown to see a show or sporting event are spending anyway, might as well give them all the glitz they want…

Well, Duncan had “the best food he has EVER had there!” A small Filet Mignon, fries, and Bananas Foster for dessert. Delicious!

For Valentine’s Day, we decided to splurge and take Duncan there again. He had the same thing (I had it as well). A treat for sure! Needless to say, we are now eating beans and rice and water. Eep! Pretty sure I haven’t paid that much for a meal ever.

Was it worth it? Probably.

There was also the day we went to the amazing Mexican restaurant just down the street. They made guacamole right at your table – and it was phenomenal! Not as spendy, but not Chipotle either. We may be hitting this one again when Duncan’s grandparents come to see his show. And we’ll be making as many extra payments on the credit card as we can.

My son the foodie…

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Paul Reyburn Paul has been an actor/director in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. His kid is really cool! He also writes the "Parental Writes" blog at
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