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Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “Smokefall”

Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s “Smokefall” plays through September 16, 2018 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall” is an oddball piece, let’s say that up front.

Movie Review: "McQueen"

I grew up thinking of fashion shows as rather tame, polite events, though the clothes on view could sometimes be, shall we say, on the extravagant side.

Theater Review: "Phantom of the Opera"

“Phantom of the Opera” runs through September 2, 2018, at San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Streets, downtown.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” has been on Broadway nonstop for the past 30 years (the longest-running musical in Broadway history), so it must be doing something right. It’s never been one of my favorites, so feel free to ignore the following dyspeptic comments.

Theater Review: “Voyeurs de Venus"

“Voyeurs de Venus” plays through September 9, 2018, at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Boulevard in the Rolando district.

Reality meets fantasy and science cuddles up to exploitation, prejudice, and domination in the local premiere of Lydia Diamond’s fascinating “Voyeurs de Venus,” playing through Sept. 9 at Moxie Theatre.

Theater Review: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t exactly a small, retiring little monument, and neither is Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel set there. The book is a long, classic story exposing the hypocrisy, bigotry, cruelty, and lust (for power and other things) of the human species.

Theater Review: “On Your Feet"

“On Your Feet” plays through August 5, 2018, at San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Streets, downtown.

I dare you to sit still while watching “On Your Feet,” a jukebox musical with a Latin beat, playing through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre. 

This lively, jaunty musical depicts the joys and struggles – but mostly the love of music and dance – of Gloria Estefan’s journey from Cuba to international megastar.

Theater Review: “Legally Blonde”

“Legally Blonde” plays through September 9, 2018 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

Omigod you guys, that tenacious little b**ch Elle Woods is back in all that pinkness, intent on marrying that guy Warner Huntington III (Cody Ingram) even if she has to chase him to Harvard Law School and fend off the high-class chick he really wants to marry.

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?