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
For 34 years, Willy Loman lied his way inside the American Dream. In Arthur Miller's drama, the walls tumble down. New Village Arts' staging boasts three fine performances: Jeff Anthony Miller's Ben, the rich uncle, is an epic being; Eric Poppick's Charley is a master class of understatement; and Dana Case's Linda, from her perfect accent to her unconditional love for her family, ranks among the finest I've seen. Jack Missett's opening-night effort as Willy had some strong moments. But far too often his acting choices were cliches, especially the stagy hands always reaching out. And his vocal and emotional ranges were too narrow. The play wants to show "the world inside his head." But this Willy was just a click or two above mere mumbling. Offstage voices had to stand in for his breakdown.