Ion Theatre Company, a highly touted group that worked out of Mission Valley's Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) since 2003, has vacated the space in protest of the owner's contributions in support of state Proposition 8, which, passed by voters last November, eliminates same-sex couples' right to marry.
APA owner Terrence Caster reportedly gave $700,000 to Prop 8, which Ion artistic directors Claudio Raygoza and Glenn Paris call an affront to equal treatment (Raygoza and Paris are a gay couple). Reports had circulated that APA was leaving its Alvarado Canyon Road space anyway—nonetheless, Ion is yet again in search of a home (its ninth), and San Diego theater is yet again saddled with a piece of the uncertainty that has marked so much of its recent past.
Love Negotiated: Richard and Veronica seem to have all the makings of a bad relationship, yet theirs is the last one standing. Produced by Lotus Theatre Collective, the show opens Feb. 14 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. $10-$15. 619-818-1131, www.lovenegotiated.com.
Room Service: Book a theater; start rehearsals; put the cast up at a hotel; figure out how to pay for it later. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, the show is in previews and opens Feb. 13 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $30-$46. 619-437-0600, www.lambsplayers.org.
American Buffalo: Three punks talk a good game as they plot to rob a man of his coin collection, but their stupidity prevents the plan from leaving the drawing board. Through Feb. 15 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $20-$23. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
Since Africa: One of the Lost Boys of Sudan has made it to Chicago, harrowing story of survival in tow. Produced by The Old Globe Theatre, the show runs through March 8 at the Arena Stage, Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $29-$48. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
* Six Degrees of Separation: We're not genealogically separated by as much as you might think. Through Feb. 15 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29-$66. www.oldglobe.org.
* Love Song: Beane, a blissfully happy oddball, has a mysterious new love—and his sister Joan can't figure it out. Through Feb. 22 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $22. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
* Red Light Winter: Two fellow travelers and a French prostitute are about to discover there's more to Amsterdam than its Red Light District. Produced by Triad Productions. Through March 1 at The Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 Tenth Ave. Downtown. $15-$20. 619-241-2623, www.ticketderby.com. See our review on this page.