Dinner Theater

FRED R. CONRAD / THE NEW YORK TIMES

HOUSE SPECIAL: Newman and chef Nischan share a laugh

Paul Newman knows what he wants. so when the legendary actor decided to create a top-notch restaurant adjoining the Westport Country Playhouse — the renowned [an error occurred while processing this directive] Connecticut theater run by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward — he had ideas for what one should see, smell and taste. One architect sketched plans for a stark space, all stainless steel and alabaster white. "Paul flipped out!" says chef Michel Nischan. "He wanted very country and very warm."

And so a homey waft of vanilla greets you as you walk into the barn-like Dressing Room. There are...

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