Picture it: Bulrusher, the current New Village Arts selection, wants to be a movie. Not that it's a bad live production—on the contrary: The story about a young black woman who has a gift for telling the future through water has a compelling pre-civil-rights-era setting, and playwright Eisa Davis crafts a nice love-hate relationship between Bulrusher (Jasmine Allen) and interloper Vera (Asia Nicole Jackson). It's just that very good director Kristianne Kurner has chosen something with a desperately ethereal quality, and sometimes that registers only through cinematic special effects. Bulrusher runs through March 1 at New Village Arts, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. $22-$30. 760-433-3245, www.newvillagearts.org.
The History Boys: Eight British boarding-school seniors dwell on their plans for college and the pasts that got them that far. Now in previews, it opens Feb. 28 at Cygnet Theatre Company's Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $17-$27. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
Love Negotiated: Richard and Veronica seem to have all the makings of a bad relationship, yet theirs is the last one standing. Produced by Lotus Theatre Collective, it runs through March 1 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. $10-$15. 619-818-1131, www.lovenegotiated.com.
Red Light Winter: Two fellow travelers and a French prostitute are about to discover there's more to Amsterdam than its Red Light District. Produced by Triad Productions, it runs through March 1 at The Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. $15-$20. 619-241-2623, www.ticketderby.com.
Room Service: Book a theater; start rehearsals; put the cast up at a hotel; figure out how to pay for it later. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through March 22 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $30-$46. 619-437-0600, www.lambsplayers.org.
Shipwrecked!: Flying wombats and a monstrous sea turtle mark the seductive power of the tall tale and its teller. Through March 15 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $17.50-$35. 858-481-1055, www.northcoastrep.org.
Since Africa: One of the Lost Boys of Sudan has made it to Chicago, harrowing story of survival in tow. Produced by The Old Globe Theatre, it runs through March 8 at the Arena Stage, Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $29-$48. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
The Sugar Syndrome: A troubled 17-year-old girl's online encounter with a child abuser goes to show we're all bozos on this bus. Produced by MOXIE Theatre, it runs through March 8 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $10-$35. 858-598-7620, www.moxietheatre.com.
Danton's Death: After the beheading of France's King Louis XVI, Danton sees the guillotine as a powerful force amid the masses' desires for freedom. Produced by the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance, it runs through Feb. 28 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $10-$20. 858-534-4574, www.theatre.ucsd.edu