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
Diversionary's production of this world premiere has an appealing, polished wood set (Matt Scott), subtle lighting (Michelle Caron), wonderfully appropriate costumes, from military to evening attire (Jennifer Brawn Gittings), graceful choreography (Michael Mizarany), and booming sounds and hip musical score (Blair Robert Nelson). What the production needs is a better script. Navy M.D. Tom Dooley's humanitarian efforts in late-Fifties Southeast Asia helped inspire JFK to begin the Peace Corps. Dooley's three books had a streak of rabid McCarthyism. And, though hyped as the All-American boy of a heterosexual era, he was gay. All make for a complex figure that William DiCanzio's play barely approaches. We never see Dooley alone on stage, never see even glimpses of his inner life (other than those Robert Borzych suggests). Instead the play tells us about him, often in clownish scenes and with cartoon characters. Except for Terrill Miller's portrayal of Dooley's alcoholic mother, the play is all surface.