Friday, February 25, 2005

Thursday evening

After work I took the train up to San Francisco. E met me at the station. He had a client that day near the city. Dinner and a show were on the schedule for the evening. We didn’t have reservations anywhere but it was still early and we had plenty of time to eat before the theatre. A lot of fun new restaurants have opened in the theatre district. For years there were very few options. The big trend now is “small plate” or tapas style restaurants. The trend crosses many different cuisines. There are Mediterranean, Mexican, seafood, pan-Asian, Californian, Indian, Caribbean and vegetarian small plate restaurants. There are probably a half dozen small plate restaurants in the area now. We chose Cortez on Geary Street. It was a fabulous meal.

The play was “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This was the first time to see a show at this theatre. It was a good family comedy/drama by Lynn Nottage. Ms Nottage is being produced a lot in the Bay Area. San Jose Repertory Theatre premiered “Las Meninas” several years ago. TheatreWorks will be producing “Intimate Apparel” next season. The actress playing the lead daughter was terrific. We have seen her in several things recently (“Our Town” and workshops at TheatreWorks). The rest of the cast was very good too except the actor playing the father. I think he was miscast in the role.

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