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At Home at the Zoo

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Few, if any, life-altering experiences occur on a park bench. But that's not the case for Peter, the upscale book editor protagonist in Edward Albee's three-act play, At Home at the Zoo. Boise Contemporary Theater, which premieres the play on Wednesday, Jan. 27, had to seek personal approval from the 81-year-old, three-time Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright before going into production.

In At Home at the Zoo's first act, the prequel "Homelife" explores the shattered marriage of New Yorkers Peter and Ann. In the second act, "Zoo Story," Peter cools down from a marital spat by reading a book in Central Park (as most men tend to do?), where he encounters Jerry, a belligerent transient with questionable motives. A bizarre and unnerving conversation leads to an event that transforms the lives of both men forever.

At Home at the Zoo takes a voyeuristic look at the sudden transformation of ordinary people.

Albee, author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, examines the brutal truth about the human condition. His conclusion comes to light in the final scene of At Home at the Zoo. Humanity, it seems, is sometimes not so human.

Previews Wednesday, Jan. 27-Fri. Jan. 29. Opens Saturday, Jan. 30. Through Saturday, Feb. 20. Shows at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and Feb 13 matinee 2 p.m. Post-show talk on Feb. 5 and Feb. 13. $12-$32, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.