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
Compared to his Doubt and filmscript for Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley's one-actor's a five- (make that four- ) fingered exercise. A producer, two actresses, and a screenwriter battle to control an in-progress movie, not for art or human truth but to further careers and the chance to battle anew. Part farce, part verbal eye-gouging, Four Dogs is yet another Hollywood satire, allowing the author to vent vitriol between projects. In the New Village Arts production, the cast — Kristianne Kurner. Joshua Everett Johnson, Erick Poppick, and Amanda Sitton — has obvious fun dishing each other in scenes constructed solely, it appears, for that purpose. Sitton, in particular, revels in rant and the one-up-person-ship, survival tactics required for life on the silver screen. Tim Wallace's scenic design includes sliding walls that underscore the characters' lack of boundaries.