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Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “Almost, Maine”

Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Men and women may not be different species, but sometimes it seems they live on different planets, as John Cariani’s fanciful “Almost, Maine” demonstrates in a lively production playing through April 27 at Vista’s Broadway Theater.

Theater Review: “Poor Yella Rednecks”

When I first saw “Vietgone” three years ago, I (like many others) thought Qui Nguyen an important new voice in theater, with a knack for saying something important with wit, humor and grace.

That show was so wildly successful that newcomer Nguyen took the opportunity to expand his writing horizons into film and TV as well.

Theater Review: “Church”

“Church” plays through April 20, 2019, at Diversionary’s Black Box, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights.

Religion is a hot-button issue for many, myself included. I grew up in a fundamentalist church of the sort Rev. José (Salomon Maya) would approve.

So when Rev. Jose bellowed from the back of the room “You are a spiritual black hole!,” it was familiar, but I was still ready to bolt.

Theater Review: “Mr. & Mrs. Fitch”

“Mr. & Mrs. Fitch” plays through April 14, 2019 at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego.

“Gossip is just news that’s interesting,” says Mrs. Fitch (Sandy Campbell), one half of a team of gossip columnists in Douglas Carter Beane’s amusingly snarky 1998 two-hander “Mr. & Mrs. Fitch.”

She and husband Mr. Fitch (Andrew Oswald) have been writing a column for some years, getting invited to all the posh parties where they can mine a gossipy item or two.

Theater Review: “Chaps!”

“Chaps!” plays through April 20, 2019 at Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado.

Not every play has something serious to say. Lamb’s Players Theatre’s latest effort “Chaps!” – a goofy, cornball show full of fake British cowboys trying to sound like authentic American cowpunchers -- is an example.

This is a radio sendup of the sort of show Bob Hope did for years when he (and others) traveled around during World War II entertaining troops under USO auspices.\

Theater Review: “Angels in America”

“Angels in America” plays in rotating repertory through April 20, 2019 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Is there anything left unsaid about Tony Kushner’s epic 1993 diptych “Angels in America,” a chronicle of the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan years, personal anguish and environmental degradation set in 1980s America?

Theater Review: “Gabriel”

“Gabriel” runs through March 24, 2019 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Faith, treachery, fear, love and even a little magic can be seen in Moira Buffini’s taut, complex and fascinating play “Gabriel,” in its West Coast premiere through March 17 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Theater Review: “Dancing Lessons”

“Dancing Lessons” runs through February 24, 2019, at Scripps Ranch Theatre.

In Mark St. Germain’s funny and tender “Dancing Lessons,” Broadway dancer Senga (Michelle Marie Trester) sits moping on the couch of her Manhattan apartment. She is recovering from a knee injury that may be career-ending and is afraid that if she is seen in a knee brace by anyone in the dance community, she will never dance again.

Theater Review: “Crazy For You"

“Crazy For You” plays through March 3, 2019, the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Avenue, downtown.

If you’re looking for songs to use as the basis of a musical comedy, Gershwin is always a winner.

Theater Review: “Herland”

“Herland” plays through February 17, 2019 at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.

Let’s face it, getting old is a bitch. And the thought of what comes after that – the move to a “place” for old people -- is even more repulsive to many.