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Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “Persuasion"

Tuesday at 7:30 pm;  Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 pm Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 4 and 8 pm Sunday at 2 pm.

The importance of money and social class and the place of women in early 19th-century England take center stage in Jane Austen’s beloved last novel, “Persuasion.”

Theater Review: ”Guadalupe in the Guest Room”

“Guadalupe in the Guest Room” plays through October 28, 2018 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad.

I remember watching telenovelas way back in the Middle Ages when I was studying Spanish. I found these soap operas a great way to learn conversational Spanish, and the emotional extremes on view made it nearly impossible not to catch the meaning, even if you didn’t know the words.

Theater Review: “Beautiful”

“Beautiful” plays through October 7, 2018 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Streets, downtown.

There’s something about a good jukebox musical that makes you want to get up and dance – or at least sing-along. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is no exception, and though neither dancing nor singing along is encouraged by Civic Theatre management, where the show plays through Oct. 7, it’s tough to resist.

Theater Review: “Hundred Days"

“Hundred Days” plays through October 21, 2018, at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on the UCSD campus.

“Being alive is being in grief,” says performer Abigail Bengson at the top of “Hundred Days,” and asks audience members who agree with her to raise a hand.

Theater Review: "Chicago"

“Chicago” plays through September 29, 2018 at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Remember the good old days when mouthy flappers wore short hair and short skirts, women were as easy to get as booze at a speakeasy and murder in Chicago was “a form of entertainment?”

Theater Review: “Fun Home"

“Fun Home” plays through September 30, 2018, at San Diego Repertory Theatre

“My father is just like me,” says Alison (Amanda Naughton) in Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesoro’s “Fun Home.” She immediately follows that with “My father is nothing like me.”s

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.