HIMSELF AND NORA at Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-23-GLOBE, previews March 16-23, opens March 24, musical story of author James Joyce and his life with Nora Barnacle, his muse. $19-$55.
KING LEAR presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, 619-544-1000, previews March 19-24, opens March 25, Shakespeare's tale about a king, his kids, and their ill-fated bloodlines. $26.50-$41.50.
REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097, March 18, farce about a husband-and-wife psychiatrist team having clandestine affairs with husband-and-wife patients. $12-$15.
Now PlayingA THOUSAND CLOWNS at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, through April 3, story of caretaker Murray Burns, his dependent nephew, and what happens when child welfare gets involved. $27-$32.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA presented by Poor Players at Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road, Mission Valley, 619-255-1401, through April 9, Shakespeare's story of Tony, Cleo and the infamous love affair that drives the latter over the edge. $12-$15.
ARMS AND THE MAN presented by Moonlight Stage Productions at Avo Playhouse, 3030 Main St., Vista, 760-724-2110, through March 20, Shaw comedy that explores the other side of war with a Swiss soldier and the daughter of a high-ranking officer. $20-$22.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL presented by the San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film at the Don Powell Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, SDSU, 619-594-6884, through March 20, musical story of Edgar, half-bat, half-boy, and his journey to blend in in a backwoods town. $12-$15. See review on this page.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY presented by San Diego Junior Theatre at Casa del Prado Theatre, 1650 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-8355, through March 20, story of Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and their escapades through a chocolate factory on the way to discovering life's true values. $7-$12.
CRAZY LOVE at Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St., Carlsbad, 760-458-7036, through April 9, comedy about men and women and what ensues when they try to relate. $15-$18.
FOREVER PLAID at the Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, 760-749-3448, through March 27, story about a male quartet that returns from the dead to perform the concert they never got to give. $33-$51.
I JUST STOPPED BY TO SEE THE MAN at Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-23-GLOBE, through March 20, story about the greatest living bluesman, believed dead, and his discovery by a rocker who's made a fortune off the legend's tunes. $19-$55.
ONE-ACT PLAYS at Fault Line Theatre, 3152 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-692-3382, March 19, four original installments about cancer, writing, the supernatural and Barbie. $12-$14. See review on this page.
PAGEANT at Cygnet Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., College Area, 619-337-1525, through April 17, musical beauty contest for drag queens, whose fates are determined by the audience. $26-$31.
PRIVATE FITTINGS at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858-550-1010, through March 27, adaptation of a Feydeau story about a doctor and his roving eye. $39-$57.
THUNDER AT DAWN at Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600, through March 20, 2,005-year-old story in which tensions run high for three soliders at a stark Middle East outpost. $22-$42.
VIGIL presented by Fritz Theatre at 6th@Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210, through March 31, comedy about an embittered man, his familial duty and the mix-up that endears him to life. $20.
WINNIE THE POOH presented by Patio Playhouse Youth Theatre, Patio Playhouse, 201 East Grand Ave., Suite 1-D, Escondido, 760-746-6669, through March 20, story of Kanga, who tries to bring order to a messy 100-Acre Woods. $7-$10.
READERS THEATRE at the Scripps Ranch Theatre, Alliant International University campus, 10455 Pomerado Road, Scripps Ranch, 858-578-7728. The play, Talley's Folly, depicts a pivotal evening between Ozark daughter Sally Talley and her rich Jewish suitor. $5 donation requested.
SAN DIEGO THEATRESPORTS at The FunHouse, 6822 El Cajon Blvd., College Area, 619-465-SHOW, improvisation games, scenes and songs through audience suggestions. $10-$15.
THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? at the Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-688-2494, pinpoints and celebrates the differences between the sexes. $25-$40; call about discounts.
TRIPLE ESPRESSO at the Horton Grand Theater, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown, 619-234-9583, escapades of three wannabe nightclub stars who resurrect the act they got fired for staging 25 years ago. $33.50-$36.50.
ACT 2: HOMICIDE at Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, 619-561-8673, a psychic solves a befuddling murder with your help. $16-$32.
CHALK IT UP TO MURDER presented by HIT Productions, Fireside Steakhouse, 439 W. Washington Blvd., Escondido, 619-561-8673, featuring a cavalcade of new clues for a terrible crime. $16-$29.50.
KILLER REUNION at the Mystery CafÃ© Dinner Theater, Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St., Bankers Hill, 619-544-1600. A murder takes place at a high-school reunion, and it's up to the former classmates (that's you) to help solve the mystery. $48.50-$52.50.
IT'S MY PARTY (And I'll Die If I Want To) at Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, 619-561-8673, the story of Ted's surprise birthday party - only the surprise isn't just for him. $16-$32.
JOEY & MARIA'S COMEDY at the Culy Theatre, 344 Seventh Ave., Downtown, 619-338-0526, the fortunes and foibles at the heart of an Italian wedding. Call for prices.
MURDER ON THE TRAIL at Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, 619-561-8673, Texas ranger Granite Hardpiece solves a homicide with your help. $16-$32.
SOPRANO'S LAST SUPPER at the Culy Theatre, 344 Seventh Ave., Downtown, 619-338-0526, features the Baritone family in a send-up of the HBO series The Sopranos. Call for prices.