Jean Lowerison

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THEATER REVIEW: “Extraordinary Chambers” by Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

What do you do when faced with unbearable choices?

An American couple in Cambodia on business find themselves caught up in that country’s sad history with the Khmer Rouge – and faced with difficult decisions about justice, survival and complicity – in David Wiener’s riveting “Extraordinary Chambers,” getting a stunning production from Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company through June 30 at the 10th Avenue Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Welk Resorts

You know you’re not in Camelot when King Arthur’s “steed” is a sound effect made by knocking coconut shells together.

In fact, the King (Bob Himlin) and his sidekick Patsy (Steven Grawrock) are in Monty Python country, “Spamalot” to be exact, and a wild and wacky evening is in store for all.

Premiere Productions presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” through June 23 at the Welk Resorts Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Becoming Cuba” at North Coast Rep

Alliances – political, personal and medical – are at the heart of Melinda Lopez’s new play “Becoming Cuba,” in its world premiere through June 23 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, which commissioned the piece. David Ellenstein directs.

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THEATER REVIEW: La Jolla Playhouse’s “His Girl Friday”

What a quaint picture: a makeshift press room with a large table of male print reporters shooting the fat, playing poker and waiting for the big execution to happen so they can call in their stories to the rewrite desk.

Those were fast-talking, wisecracking times with very few women and no computers or cell phones, inhabited by writers who never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

It’s “His Girl Friday,” John Guare’s rewrite of a remake of the source material – Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 play “The Front Page,” playing through June 30 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Fiddler On The Roof” at Lamb’s Players

If you’ve ever wondered just how popular “Fiddler On The Roof” is, consider that Lamb’s Players Theatre extended the current run of the show twice before it opened.

The 1964 musical favorite is now open and running through July 14. Robert and Deborah Gilmour Smyth share directorial responsibilities.

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THEATER REVIEW: “American Idiot” at San Diego’s Civic Theatre

Let’s face it, there are shows old ladies with an artistic allergy to loud rock music and unintelligible lyrics shouldn’t review.

“American Idiot” – the Tony-nominated punk rock opera with a vestigial plot about three teenage dwellers in suburbia who must choose between the safety of staying home or the challenge of chasing their dreams in the Big City – just might be in that category.

The one-act Broadway hit blasted into San Diego’s Civic Theatre last night for shows through April 2. Michael Mayer (who co-wrote the book) directs.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Moonlight And Magnolias” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

The making of the film version of “Gone With The Wind” is a story almost as wild as the plot itself. Here are just a few factoids:

Producer David O. Selznick had to wait two years to get Clark Gable (after being unable to get his first choice – Gary Cooper); it took him 1,400 auditions to find his Scarlett; director George Cukor was replaced in mid-shoot. He went through several screenwriters.

That’s where “Moonlight And Magnolias” comes in, Ron Hutchinson’s farce about the vagaries of Hollywood moguls and the risks filmmakers take.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Shakespeare’s R&J” at the Cygnet

When I read Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in school, I thought it an impossibly wonderful romantic story of love, loss and death.

I guess I was lucky, because these days the play (featuring teen sex and suicide) is almost as likely to be banned as assigned. This may have inspired the four boys in Joe Calarco’s “Shakespeare’s R&J” – pupils in 1964 in a Catholic boys’ school identified as Student 1, Student 2, etc. – to squirrel away a forbidden copy.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Seascape” at New Village Arts Theatre

Cast your mind back to the mid-1970s, when the American women’s movement was just picking up steam, and consider Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Seascape.”

Long-married Nancy (Dana Case) and Charlie (Jack Missett) lounge on an unspecified beach. Charlie is happy just lying there with his hat over his face, but Nancy thinks if one beach is good, visiting two or three or 25 must be better. She suggests they spend their retirement having adventures – say, beach-hopping around the world.

Charlie wants none of it. “You’ve had a good life,” he says. “We’ve earned a rest.”

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THEATER REVIEW: ion’s “Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo”

“When I get hungry, I get stupid,” says the titular Tiger (Ron Choularton), by way of explanation for his death.

Death itself, the senselessness destruction of war and the meaning of “tigerness” are among the topics explored by the Tiger’s ghost, who will spend the rest of the evening as narrator and resident philosopher in Rajiv Joseph’s extraordinary play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” on the boards through June 1 at ion theatre. I advise you to get your tickets now.