Went out for dinner the other night. It had been a while since my last visit to Cobre, the self-styled “Nuevo Latino Cuisine” resto located in one of the city’s more colorful (read: skeevy) quarters. In fact, I believe that the last time I was in, I was with fellow producer Carl Binder, enjoying a meal and taking advantage of the neighborhood flavor and a local location shoot to play a guessing game I like to call “Tramp or Teamster”. Alas, no location shoot or window seat on this night so we had to settle for simple dinner conversation.
The menu is made up of plates of varying portion sizes, tapas ranging from small servings to bigger bites. “Hope you’re hungry,”said our waitress after we placed our order. We couldn’t help ourselves. Everything sounded so good. And, quite frankly, everything looked pretty damn good as well. How good? So good that on two separate occasions, we ended up adding to our initial order after seeing our neighbors being served. It reached the point where our waitress joked: “That’s it! I’m cutting you off!”
Our meal broke down thusly:
For me, the high point of the night turned out to be the duck. And the fact that, an hour into our meal, Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok and his hot date ended up being seated right beside us. I resisted the urge to make a surprising situation downright awkward by suggesting we pull our tables together and, instead, offered his date a word of advice. “Don’t believe him when he says he went to medical school!”is what I wanted to say. Instead, I went with: “Don’t order the corn bread!”
Otherwise a pretty darn quiet weekend. I read, studied my Japanese, walked the dogs, and, oh, checked out the following glowing review of the Stargate: Universe opening three-parter by Joseph Dilworth Jr. over at Pop Culture Zoo (http://popculturezoo.com/archives/4368). He has some wonderful things to say about Air I, II, and III, but one of the more noteworthy comments was this: “ Hell, even the background characters that have one or two lines really give their all. It is very apparent that the cast are on equal footing in their performances and they make each and every scene a joy to watch.”
Like I’ve been saying all along, our cast is terrific through and through, and while our main players have certainly impressed, our supporting players continue to step up and wow us as well. Like, for instance, Haig Sutherland who plays the role of the ever steady Sgt. Riley, a writers’ room favorite for his deadpan delivery and brilliant comic timing.
Haig splits his time between television and theater. He’s clearly passionate about the latter and, despite landing a recurring role on a t.v. series, has maintained his stage commitments, most recently playing the title role in in the local Bard on the Beach production of Richard II.