Like Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking Angels in America, Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet is a piece of theater that was written in the midst of the AIDS crisis and that reflects on tremendous loss with equal parts anger and pathos. But unlike the epic and mystical Angels, Planet is a compact, one-act play about two gay men, Carl and Jody, growing closer to one another as their friends, lovers and acquaintances succumb to an ailment that’s still a mystery to everyone. Lonely Planet, which opens at Stage Left this weekend, may consider a dark period in recent American history, but it conveys humanity and a twinge of therapeutic humor, all while staring unflinchingly down the barrel of an epidemic.
Feb. 14-March 1; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $15-$25 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third Ave. • spokanestageleft.org • 838-9727
— Nathan Weinbender