Chew on this: Movie producer Bradley (Eric Poppick) has an open sore on his ass the size of a jumbo shrimp, and it's about to expand amid his frantic efforts to save a crappy film. He finds himself in the middle of a web of greed and egos in John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone—and if the ending is any indication, he'll never survive the upshot. Bradley is a little overdeveloped at the play's outset, as Poppick leaves little room for the character to grow with the play's progress. But everybody has fun, and director Joshua Everett Johnson keeps the action just below the farce level, exactly where it belongs. The show runs through June 28 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. $25-$30. 760-433-3245, www.newvillagearts.org.
Bad Night in a Men's Room Off Sunset Boulevard: A disgraced movie actor performs in a play whose characters come from his past. Through June 28 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $15-$18. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
Cyrano de Bergerac: Cyrano, his huge nose notwithstanding, wins Roxane's heart through a visit from fate. Through Sept. 27 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29-$56. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Hedwig settles in Junction City, Kan, after her band's second banana hits the big-time. Through Aug. 9 at Cygnet Theatre Company's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $24. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
* The Butcher of Baraboo: A town butcher's husband has been missing for a year; did she have a hand in his disappearance? Produced by MOXIE Theatre, it runs through June 28 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $15. 858-598-7620, www.moxietheatre.com.
The Fantasticks: Two kids realize they're in love, but only after they experience the world and make an informed decision. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through July 26 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $22-$58. 619-437-0600, www.lambsplayers.org.
The Lonesome West: Three murders and a suicide stoke a gritty feud between the residents of Leenane, Ireland. Produced by Triad productions, it runs through July 6 at Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. $10-$15. 858-336-7572, www.triadprod.com.
* Unusual Acts of Devotion: Leo, Nadine and their neighbors confront unfulfilled desires and secret longings for each other on the rooftop of a Greenwich Village apartment. Through June 28 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandel Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $30-$75. 858-500-1010, www.lajollaplayhouse.com.
Rent: A motley group of impoverished artists fights for survival in New York's East Village. Produced by California Youth Conservatory. Opens June 20 at The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $24-$30. 619-544-1000, www.sdrep.org, www.cyctheatre.com. See our preview on this page.