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
The North Coast Rep has extended its run of Lanford Wilson's "waltz," and rightly so. It's a month after D-Day. Change is in the air, and Matt Friedman knows it. He'll make the ultimate risk: propose to Sally Talley, the "radical old maid" -- actually she's 31 -- and nurse's aide in Lebanon, Missouri. Although they're as antithetical as Jack Sprat and his Mrs. (he's Jewish, her family's anti-Semitic), Matt's convinced Sally's his soul mate. He has, he tells the audience, 97 minutes to woo her in the waterlogged boathouse, a latticed Victorian "folly." The play won a Pulitzer Prize, in part because Wilson uncovers surprising similarities beneath a surface crammed with opposites. On Marty Burnett's excellent set, David Ellenstein and Amy Biedel perform a kind of dance on eggshells. Both fine individually, the actors blend together as well as their characters don't: Matt with dogged persistence, Sally with believable (even insurmountable) objections.