San Diego outdoors: Aida, animal tracks, rugby, SUP with dogs, 1800s Old Town, waterski and wakeboard
Indoors: WWI San Diego, complete history of theater, Christopher Plummer, pickles, Van Gogh-Gaughin, Martina McBride
11:50 a.m., June 28
The self-proclaimed "One-Man Musical Whirlwind" - book, Eric H. Weinberger, music, Daniel S. Acquisto, lyrics, Sammy Buck - needs to whirl the wind more. It's a near generic story about Randall, "actor-singer-songwriter" searching for "love and fame" in the late 70s, early 80s. The music (and lyrics) are uneven, some songs having three or four competing musical ideas. What the book lacks is struggle. Somehow, things simply fall into place (love just happens, then gets shoved into the background; with no obvious qualifications, Randall becomes General David Sarnoff's personal secretary at NBC). The central conflict, between gay Randall and his German/Jewish immigrant father, is often undercut, since the father always foots his son's bills. Diversionary Theatre provided a Vegas-lit, mini thrust stage, on which Nick Cearly does passable work as Randall, et al, but rarely more than that.