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
Due to popular demand, Moxie Theatre has extended the run of its inventive, moving production. According to playwright Sarah Ruhl, in the Greek underworld, it rains inside of elevators, fathers and music are "subversive," and Hades, the CEO, is an adult child on a tricycle. In the myth, Orpheus gets top billing: his bride-to-be, Eurydice, died at their wedding. He rescued her from the underworld but looked back, and she died a second death. Eurydice retells the tale from her point of view. Orpheus, an artist, is "always going away," while her late father was, and remains, rooted as a tree (at weddings, the play says, fathers and daughters "stop being married to each other"). Instead of hellfire, water dominates the story, and Jennifer Brawn Gittings' sleek, temple-columned set includes a vase-like fountain, from which flow the waters of Lethean forgetfulness (Matt Lescault-Wood's liquid sounds enhance the motif). Under Delicia Turner Sonnenberg's feisty direction, actors leap and tumble. Jennifer Eve Thorn (Eurydice), Justin Lang (Orpheus), and Todd Blakesley (Father) are a capable trio; strong support comes from Max Macke, Fred Harlow, Rhona Gold, and newcomer Zoe Sonnenberg.