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Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “The Zoo Story"

“The Zoo Story” plays through July 29, 2018 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights

Some days you just want to sit on a park bench and be alone with your thoughts. But playwright Edward Albee, some 60 years ago, saw much more sinister, even life-changing possibilities in that simple fact.

Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company presents Edward Albee’s first play, “The Zoo Story,” through July 29 at Diversionary Theatre. Rosina Reynolds directs.

Theater Review: “Queens”

“Queens” plays through July 29, 2018, at La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

The women in Martyna Majok’s new play “Queens” are immigrants who have left family, friends and homeland in search of a “better life” in the U.S. Majok knows this subject well: she is an immigrant from Poland who has not only found a better life but recently won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for her play “Cost of Living.”

Theater Review: “The Squirrels”

“The Squirrels” plays through July 8, 2018, at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

At La Jolla Playhouse, winter is coming, nut caches are running low and mating season is coming.

Squirrels? La Jolla Playhouse? What am I talking about?

Theater Review: “The King and I”

“The King and I” plays through July 1, 2018, at San Diego Civic Theatre; 3rd and B Streets, Downtown.

One of the great theatrical face-offs between dictatorial power and female determination is back onstage through Sunday at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Theater Review: “Romeo, Romeo & Juliet”

“Romeo, Romeo & Juliet” plays through July 8, 2018 at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Boulevard.

You’ve seen Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical spinoff “West Side Story.”

But if you haven’t seen Ruff Yeager’s “Romeo, Romeo & Juliet,” in its world premiere through July 8 at Moxie Theatre, you’re missing a twisted tale with some good laughs.

Theater Review: “The Humans”

“The Humans” plays through July 29, 2018, at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

According to author Napoleon Hill, there are six basic fears, and every human suffers one or more of these at some point in life: poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of love of someone, old age, death.

Theater Review: “Mamma Mia!”

“Mamma Mia” plays through June 30, 2018 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre,

In the eight years they performed together, European superpop group ABBA became a worldwide music phenomenon and recording legend. I’d wager that people who had never heard of ABBA leapt to their feet (or at least wanted to) when they first heard “Dancing Queen” – and let’s not forget “Mamma Mia!”

Theater Review: “The Father”

“The Father” plays through June 24, 2018 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

Remember Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man (from “As You Like It”)? These days we’d probably use a medical term for the last stage of number seven: dementia, or its colleague Alzheimer’s.

Theater Review: “Les Misérables"

“Les Misérables” plays through June 3, 2018, at San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Streets, downtown.

“Les Misérables,” Boublil and Schönberg’s sprawling pop opera based on Victor Hugo’s equally sprawling novel of love, disappointment, heroism, sacrifice, and revolution in 19th-century France, plays through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Theater Review: “Nathan Gunn Flying Solo”

“Nathan Gunn Flying Solo” plays through June 10, 2018, at San Diego Repertory Theatre Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

Don’t go to see baritone Nathan Gunn just because he’s a “barihunk” (or, as he prefers, “hunkiton”), though let’s face it: it’s great to listen to somebody who’s also easy on the eyes.

See “Nathan Gunn Flying Solo” at San Diego Repertory Theatre because he will thrill you with what is probably the best baritone voice singing today.