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
Tom Dudzick has crammed at least six plays into the second of his autobiographical trilogy. It's mid-July, 1969, and every single Pazinski is in crisis: Rudy may quit the seminary; Annie contemplates divorce; widowed Ellen may, or may not, accept a marriage proposal (since her sister may move in); Eddie's off to Vietnam; his wife Maureen is pregnant; and mentally-challenged Georgie lost his medallion. All this while Neil Armstrong moonwalks for mankind. Somehow Dudzick ties all these woes into one of the tidiest — and most facile — bows in recent theater, or TV, for that matter. Though he can't account for its Playwrighting 1A foibles, director Matt Thompson does an impressive job of honoring the play's incessant quirks (leaps from comedy to forced, and generic, seriousness). And Kandis Chappell anchors a game cast as Ellen, still point in six imperfect storms.