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
Deja-Alan Ayckbourn. He's rewritten The Norman Conquests but left out Norman. According to his doctor, George Riley has six months to live. So the man who never grew up runs at life, off-stage (we never see him), shakes up three marriages, and revitalizes each a bit. As performed at the White Theatre, Riley plays like a three-acter collapsed into two — a long, slow first and quick, explosive second. Under Richard Seer's crisp, in-the-round direction, the actors make it worth seeing. Heck: Colin McPhillamy's double takes do that! The characters are barely dimensional (given depths by a fine ensemble cast: Ray Chambers, Henny Russell, Dana Green, Nisi Sturgis, David Bishins). McPhillamy's unworldly Colin, the MD who has lived his life from across the street, is a nonverbal wonder. The doctor simply hasn't a clue about anything — including diagnosing illnesses in their last stages?