The Old Globe Theatre's world-premiere Cornelia centers on the life of a public figure whose second-banana status makes her all the more shadowy, and that's cool. It has a promising start as a narrative, designed to set up stories on the characters' lives, and that's cooler. But the Mark Olsen play about the many-faced Cornelia Wallace (Melinda Page Hamilton), late ex-wife of the equally late Alabama governor, never really accomplishes much in the way of anecdote. We already know about Cornelia's great legs and thorny ambitions toward the governorship (ambitions that eventually eat her alive), her colorful mom Ruby and, above all, George's combative spirit. There's just not that much new about “C'nelia” or her husband to keep things interesting here, although Robert Foxworth's George is outstanding. The play runs through June 21 at The Globe's Darlene and Donald Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29-$76. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
Bed and Sofa: A disillusioned housewife leaves her husband and her lover for a journey of discovery, leaving the guys to decide who gets the bed and who takes the sofa. Through May 31 at Cygnet Theatre's Roland venue, 4848 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $30-$42. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
Old Wicked Songs: Youth and life experience reflect the tragic consequences of war as a prodigy pianist comes of age. Through May 31 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $35-$39. 858-481-1055, www.northcoastrep.org.
The Good, the Bad and the Udderly Ridiculous: The Hooter County Fair turns into a battleground and site of a hunt for a sack of gold. Produced by Mystery Café Dinner Theatre, it's ongoing at The Imperial House restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. $59.50. 619-544-1500, www.mysterycafe.net.
The Price: A watchful wife looks on as two brothers relive the memories of their deceased father while going through his possessions. Produced by The Old Globe Theatre, it runs through June 14 at Copley Auditorium Arena Stage, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $39-$59. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
The Hit: It's anything but business as usual as an unlikely hit-man seriously screws up an assignment. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it's ongoing at The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown. $26-$48. 619-437-0660, www.lambsplayers.org.
The Little Dog Laughed: A Hollywood semi-star discovers it might be better to keep his curiosity about the gay world under wraps. Through May 31 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $29-$33. 619-220-0097, www.diversionary.org.