And here you thought the hunter-gatherer instinct had been bred out of the human race once it happened upon the first McDonald's. Facts be told, those behaviors are as strong as they ever were—after all, what are channel-surfing and shopping if not the modern refinements of both traits? Actor Isaac Lamb even does a monologue about it. It's called Defending the Caveman. It's by Rob Becker. And it's a very funny look at the way men and women have related to one another throughout time. The material isn't always that unique, but Lamb is a consummate performer amid his talent for cadence and the quirky, shit-eater look in his eyes. Defending the Caveman, which previewed here Oct. 28, runs Nov. 11 to 16 at The Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Downtown. $12.50-$57.50. 619-570-1000, www.broadwaysd.com.
Prometheus Bound and Cyclops: A renegade messenger and a big fat guy with one eye are the central figures in this double bill at The Theatre, Inc.'s permanent new location. Opens Nov. 8 at The Theatre, Inc., 899 C St. Downtown. $22-$25. 619-216-3016, www.thetheatreinc.org. See our preview on this page.
A Class Act: Music and nostalgia frame a look at the life of Ed Kleban, lyricist for A Chorus Line. Through Nov. 9 at the Experimental Theatre on the SDSU campus. $18-$20. 619-594-6884, www.theatre.sdsu.edu.Backwater Blues: Toad Lake sucks ass, and gay wannabe star Arnie wants out—but love has other ideas. Through Nov. 26 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
Britannicus: Emperor Nero is in love—and the ensuing scandal shapes the fate of an empire. Through Nov. 23 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $20-$23. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
* Everything Will Be Different: Charlotte comes full circle amid her near-ruination at the hands of the men around her. Produced by Lynx Performance Theatre, the show runs through Nov. 23 at San Diego Danceworks, 2653 Ariane Drive in Clairemont. $10-$25. 619-889-3190, www.lynxperformance.com.
1984: Big Brother takes on a life of his own as he bends the will of an entire society. Through Nov. 29 at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave. in Chula Vista. $13-$15. 619-422-7787, www.onstageplayhouse.org.
* Water and Power: Two brothers, flush with the temptations of new and immense influence, attempt to save themselves from the abyss of realpolitik. Produced by The San Diego Repertory Theatre and starring Culture Clash, the show runs through Nov. 16 at The Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $34-$39. 619-544-1000, www.sdrep.org.