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 situation has promise: Michael, a "top-five around the world" action-actor, was discovered en flagrante with another man. It's 1982, and the "star bust" may have ended his career. For a comeback, he joins his estranged parents for a show in the hinterlands. Author of the intriguing Hundred Birds, also at Compass Theatre, Ira Bateman-Gold has at least two plays in Bad Night in competition with each other: a serious near-tragedy in Act one (performed with an unrelieved din) and a comedy, in Act two, that concludes with a resolution too comfy for most sitcoms. As written and performed by Douglas Myers and Marilyn Wolfe, Michael and his mother are one-note characters. Young Eduard Cao wins sympathy as Jamie, a heartstruck transvestite. The play, which needs to tighten its speeches, has a terrific role: Michael's father Jake is a burned-out, larger-than-life, world-traveling, drunken actor. Dale Morris makes the character so vivid and funny he distorts scenes, consistently pulling focus away from the less well written characters.