Who Doesn’t Make Valentine’s Day Reservations?

Our typical foray to live theater at Center Stage is to see the show and then go out to dinner. We go to the Sunday matinee and then decide where to go to dinner. We never need reservations for early Sunday evening as long as a restaurant is open.

As You Like It

Sunday we went to Baltimore to see As You Like It. Laura was out of town so my husband got her ticket. Our friend, Betty Ann, is the other season subscriber. My hubby had forgotten it was Valentine’s Day, but that’s okay. He always remembers my birthday and I always forget his. If we were keeping score, he’s way ahead.

The show was excellent. It was held in a theater at Towson State University because Center Stage is undergoing a massive renovation. We’ll be seeing shows at Towson for the rest of 2016. This As You Like It was a modern production. Shakespeare’s version would have been all men as was the convention then. This was an all female production. The ensemble of merry pranksters sang and danced in the Forest of Arden as if they had been transported from a hippie commune.

I could understand all the lines and it sounded fresh and modern and made me want to read the original again (last read in college when the language seemed archaic).

After the play we made our way back towards the Eastern Shore. The last couple of post-theater dinners have been at Rustico on Kent Island where we’ve had memorable dinners. Roger pulled up the menu on his iPad and had us salivating. About fifteen minutes out I asked Betty Ann to call Rustico and tell them we were coming. The were totally booked and could seat us at 8:30. It was Valentine’s Day. We went on to three other restaurants on Kent Island, all of which were totally full. We won’t make that mistake again, but Valentine’s Day will not fall on a Sunday until 2021 and what are the odds that we would have theater tickets that day?

Betty Ann and I knew it was Valentine’s Day but somehow that knowledge did not translate to action as in “make a dinner reservation.”

Roger and I dropped off Betty Ann and headed home to a microwaved dinner of leftover bison spaghetti sauce with gluten free pasta and a salad. The duck with blueberry sauce that I was planning to order at Rustico will have to wait for another day.

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Note: Rustico Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 401 Love Point Road in Stevensville, Md., a block north of Route 18. It is open seven days a week for lunch (11 a.m., noon on Sunday) and dinner (4 p.m. to closing). Starters $6–$12; pasta $8–$12, dinners $20–$30; wines by the glass $6–$10. Call for reservations or book online. 410-643-9444; http://www.rusticoonline.com.