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
Even though she's never been in love before, Miss Sarah Brown will know when her love comes along because she'll ring like a bell. Unlike Miss Sarah, Miss Adelaide's been in love so long she's developed a cold and wants to tell beau to take back his mink and his "poils." San Diego Musical Theatre's opened its first full season with Frank Loesser's great "Fable of Broadway." One could wish the male performers spoke more formally (one of Loesser's ironies: Damon Runyon's characters talk a stiff, pretentious dialogue), and one could beg that the show be more brightly lit (due to lazy followspots, faces are either in the dark or half lit, and a gloom hovers over every scene). As Sky Masterson, Robert J. Townsend looks too All-American, as if he came from an Arrow shirt ad, circa 1925, rather than from Broadway's "bloodhounds," but he's got the chops for "I'll Know" and "Luck Be A Lady." Jamie Torcellini and Terra C. McLeod are a delightfully mismatched set as Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide (whose "Second Lament" stops the show). Amy Biedel's a clear soprano'd, wonderful Miss Sarah. And it's a treat to hear Ole Kittleson, San Diego theater legend, sing the splendid "More I Cannot Wish You" with such gentle sagacity.