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Morgantown for Dinner and a Play

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A November 2003 trip to Morgantown by drhough

Downtown Rooftops from the PRT Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: Quaint, yet cosmopolitan, Morgantown is West Virginia’s University city and my favorite weekend destination for original dining and compelling theater.

Morgantown for Dinner and a Play

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Downtown Rooftops from the PRT Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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I don’t know of another city of under 30,000 population with public transit decorating its sky with little yellow electric cars! When I stop to think about it, I realize that not many cities this size have many of Morgantown’s attributes, including a remarkable variety of restaurants with unique atmosphere and an active theater scene that produces talent of national fame. This has always been West Virginia’s "city to watch" for many reasons: WVU Medical Center, national energy research, downtown initiatives, restoration, river management, engineering studies, and transportation solutions, such as the Personal Rapid Transit or PRT, the first in the country, the pilot project for o...Read More

Three Decades of Maxwell's

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Restaurant | "Three Decades of Maxwells"

Three Decades of Maxwell's Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Mention the name "Maxwell’s" to most Morgantown ladies, and they reply either "cheesecake" or "baklava." Boomers remember when the place was frequented by pipe-smoking, cardigan-sweatered fellows looking for a backgammon partner, and local guitar players over 40 once entertained there--well, the "cool" ones. In three decades, the decor hasn’t changed, and neither has the crowd, except that the establishment now allows no smoking. One stairway wall is still painted with bright patchwork colors, and I believe the same snakeplants and aloe decorate the windows. It’s a popular lunch stop downtown and a laid-back night spot with live guitar some weekend nights. Maxwell’s is on an alley off ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2003

Three Decades of Maxwell's
1 Wall Street
Morgantown, West Virginia
(304) 292-0982

Garfield's Restaurant Pub

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Restaurant | "Garfield's Restaurant and Pub"

Garfield's Restaurant Pub Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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The menu says "Garfield’s Southwest," but no matter what they call themselves, everybody loves them. There are several locations in the West Virginia/Pennsylvania area, and this one in Morgantown is the biggest and the best one I know. It has the most cheerful crowd, the most enjoyable space, and the most efficient staff of any Garfield’s I’ve seen, and I could even swear that the food is better (although I know it is probably pretty standard). I’m sure the margaritas are better! I can say all this with relative certainty, since I’ve experienced three Garfield’s on the same day (idine promos). Even though it isn’t a Morgantown original, it’s a good choice for anyone in a hurry ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2003

Garfield's Restaurant Pub
Morgantown Mall
Morgantown, West Virginia 26501
(304) 983-6811

Gladys Davis Theater, WVU Creative Arts Center Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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I’m still reliving college days when I attend any theater. There is always this similarity: a rather carefree atmosphere where only the art matters and reality is "out there" somewhere beyond the doors, beyond the theater or the college community. The play Anton in Show Business promised even more of this delicious unreality, a deviation from my usual family drama, a production about theater. I had consulted the WVU Calendar link above and was impressed with the Division of Theatre’s choices for the 2003-2004 season: Father Uxbridge Wants to Marry, Anton . . . , and The Time of Your Life for this semester. So, I called 304/293-SHOW and reserved our seat...Read More

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Gladys Davis Theater, WVU Creative Arts Center
Paterson Drive and Beechurst Ave.
Morgantown, West Virginia

M T Pockets Theatre Company

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Attraction | "M. T. Pockets Theatre Company"

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M. T. Pockets, the acting company, is the alternative to University theater and WV Public Theatre. I don’t think they would mind being termed the "heavy" or most serious theater in town. They are energetic, brave, experimental, and traditional, all at the same time, but most of all, they are a huge talent. The company, now in their fourth season, warns at their website: "Expect the unexpected." And they keep the promise by offering Look Back in Anger, the prototypical "angry young man" drama by John Osborne, on weekday evenings the week after Thanksgiving. Like Waiting for Godot earlier this year, this isn’t your typical small-town offering. They perform at their own theate...Read More

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M T Pockets Theatre Company
233 Spruce Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(304) 284-0049