I wasn't the only one who dissed Stone Soup Theatre Company's tick, tick… BOOM! when it played The Lab at The Academy of Performing Arts last March. While I pretty much liked the ideas, I thought the venue seriously hobbled the effort amid the stage's lack of depth. Undaunted, Stone Soup has set the show to rights with a restaging at Downtown's Tenth Avenue Theatre—this one registers with lots more clarity, as director Lindsey Gearhart's cast finally has room to roam. Jonathan (played Aug. 3 by understudy Eric Vest) is this close to 30, and he'd better finish his Broadway musical before time runs out on him. He reaps an enormous reward in the process, simply by following his heart. The show, Jonathan Larson's predecessor to the award-winning Rent, plays through Aug. 17 at the Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 Tenth Ave., Downtown. $25. 619-287-3065 or www.stonesouptheatre.net.
Nemesis: Two pretzel factory schlubs enter into a disagreement, one that leads them to kick each other around the world. Produced by Vox Nova Theatre Company, it opens Aug. 8 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $19 suggested donation. 858-539-6251 or www.voxnovatheatrecompany.com.
* All's Well That Ends Well: Helena jumps through a bunch of hoops to land her man, and she finds that this marriage thing isn't all it's cracked up to be. Through Sept. 27 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
* Pretty Fire: Actor Charlayne Woodard's biography touches on racism, family and growing up. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it opens Aug. 1 at the Paul and Ione Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $20-$52. 619-437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org.
Romeo and Juliet: Two crazy kids from Italy fall in love, only to die amid a pointless family feud. Through Sept. 26 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
* Sailor's Song: Two men confront each other's feelings for women (and each other) amid the death of a loved one. Through Aug. 24 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. $22-$26. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org. See our review on this page.
The Merry Wives of Windsor: John Falstaff uses his celebrity to hit on two married women. Through Sept. 28 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
The Phantom of the Opera: A spectral figure haunts the opera house where Christine sings, holding her captive and training her for the performance of her life. Produced by Broadway/San Diego, it runs through Aug. 10 at the Civic Theatre, 1000 Third Ave., Downtown. $25-$125. 619-570-1000 or www.broadwaysd.com.
* The Pleasure of His Company: The father of a bride-to-be disrupts a household as he tries to show up her fiancé and win back his ex-wife. Through Aug. 10 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $54-$56. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
*Yank!: This musical is the inside story of how some servicemen grew a lot closer during World War II. Through Aug. 17 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $20-$35. 619-220-0097 or www.diversionary.org.
Chalk it Up to Murder: HIT Productions features a cavalcade of new clues for a terrible crime. Fireside Steakhouse, 439 W. Washington Blvd. in Escondido. $16-$29.50. 619-561-8673.
Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding: The fortunes and foibles at the heart of an Italian wedding are laid on the table. Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. $49.50. 800-944-5639.
Where There's a Will... There's a Wake: Gangland figure Sonny Shoehorn is heir to the family fortune unless his siblings have their way. Presented by Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600.