The Gaslamp Quarter's Horton Grand Theatre is a decent venue. Don't you listen to all those big ol' poopy-butts out there who say anything less. After all, their only experience with the place was Triple Espresso, which mercifully closed last February after 10 inexplicable years, so you already know something about the entertainment level to which they've stooped. Soon you'll see real shows at the Horton—because Lamb's Players Theatre, one of the area's so-called Big Four, has entered into a contract to permanently operate the venue, part of the Horton Grand Hotel.
This extremely cool Coronado-based group has been looking for permanent downtown digs for a while; in fact, it's mounted stuff at this 230-seater before, so it knows what it's getting. Starting July 2 and running through Aug. 31, the theater's getting a revamped version of Boomers: the musical revue of a generation, the company's staple nod to big ol' poopy-butts like me. Between now and then, the site is undergoing a major spruce-up. No word on the buzz that, after a decade of Triple Espresso, the repairs include a five-point industrial fumigation courtesy the San Diego Zoo. I'll check on that and get back to you. The Horton Grand Theatre is located at 444 Fourth Ave. Boomers tickets are $34 to $54. (619) 437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org.
—Martin Jones Westlin
Beethoven, As I Knew Him: The life of the composer is recounted by a friend who accompanied him during his final two years. Through June 8 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $57-$62.
* Holy Ghosts: The circumstances and the stories of members of the Southern Pentecostal Sect culminate in a snake-handling scene. Produced by Sullivan Players, the show runs through May 25 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. 858-274-1731. $12-$15.
* La Gaviota: A family retreats to the East Mexican coast of 1910 as a nation prepares for war, only to face the fiercer battles of the human heart. Presented by Ion Theatre Company, the show runs through May 17 at The Lab at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. 619-374-6894 or www.iontheatre.com. $23.50-$27.50.
* Prelude to a Kiss: An uninvited guest at Rita and Peter's wedding congratulates the bride with a kiss, fueling a journey of hidden longings. Through May 18 at New Village Arts, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org. $22-$26.
* The Voysey Inheritance: A London family calls its values into question when a financier discovers that his father's been speculating with client money. Through May 18 at Lamb's Players Theatre's Paul & Ione Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. 619-437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org. $25.50-$54.
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. 619-561-8673. $16-$29.50.
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. 800-944-5639. $49.50.
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 Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600. $54.50-$59.50.