"At Home at the Zoo" ★★★½

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000021" title="Edward Albee" href="/topic/arts-culture/edward-albee-PEHST000021.topic">Edward Albee</a>'s "The Zoo Story" was penned when the playwright was barely 30, a park-bench confrontation between Peter and Jerry and breakthrough American play. Forty years later, Albee penned a prequel, "Homelife," offering the frankly sexual backstory of what had just taken place in Peter's life before he planted his mild-mannered backside on that infamous <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000101" title="Central Park" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/central-park-PLTRA0000101.topic">Central Park</a> bench. Seen together in Dennis Zacek's production &#8212  his last show as artistic director of Victory Gardens and a very worthy final endeavor &#8212 this well-acted pairing offers waves of insight into the mind of one of America's greatest playwrights at the start and end of his career.<br>
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<i>Through Oct. 31 at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000229" title="Victory Gardens Theatre" href="/topic/entertainment/theater/victory-gardens-theatre-PLCUL000229.topic">Victory Gardens Theater</a>, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.; $20-$50 at 773-871-3000 or victorygardens.org</i>
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Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" was penned when the playwright was barely 30, a park-bench confrontation between Peter and Jerry and breakthrough American play. Forty years later, Albee penned a prequel, "Homelife," offering the frankly sexual backstory of what had just taken place in Peter's life before he planted his mild-mannered backside on that infamous Central Park bench. Seen together in Dennis Zacek's production — his last show as artistic director of Victory Gardens and a very worthy final endeavor — this well-acted pairing offers waves of insight into the mind of one of America's greatest playwrights at the start and end of his career.

Through Oct. 31 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.; $20-$50 at 773-871-3000 or victorygardens.org

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