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Expect the unexpected: I didn't know what to think before I saw Diversionary Theatre's season-opening Twist, except I'd hoped this musical wouldn't take the easy way out and over-gay Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist to death. I needn't have worried. Twist is its own play, far from the world of giddy send-ups and fashion parades that often adorn the gay spin on live performance. Yeah, clothes fetishes rule here—but author Gila Sand integrates them sensibly into the tale about an orphaned boy who meets some nefarious types en route to his rescue. Jacob Caltrider is a good befuddled title character, and David McBean shines as clotheshorse Fagin. Twist runs through Aug. 9 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $31-$35. www.diversionary.org.
Dickinson: There's a lot you don't know about Emily, the iconic poet. Produced by Lynx Performance Theatre, it opens July 23 at the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd. $15-$18. www.northparkvaudeville.com. Measure for Measure: A duke reveals his identity, forcing everybody around him to be honest (for once). Produced by Poor Players Theatre, it opens July 23 at the Off-Broadway Theatre, 131 Main St. in Vista. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glory of Living: Nobody ever showed Lisa how anything works, except Clint—and now, she may be guilty of the murder he wanted to commit. Produced by InnerMission Productions, it opens July 24 at 8Teen Center, 3925 Ohio St. in North Park. $15-$20. www.innermissionproductions.com.
Coriolanus: A great military leader can't seem to stomach the idea of popular rule and pays the ultimate price for his betrayal of Rome. Through Sept. 27 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29-$56. www.oldglobe.org.
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. www.oldglobe.org.
Godspell: Jesus break-dances His way into His followers' hearts. Ongoing at Lamb's Players Theatre's Horton Grand venue, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown. $26-$48. www.lambsplayers.org.
*Macbeth: A schizoid Scottish couple is mad as hell at King Duncan, and they're not gonna take it anymore. Produced by Intrepid Shakespeare Company, it runs through Aug. 9 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $10-$20. www.compasstheatre.com.
Resilience of the Spirit Festival: Three plays celebrating man's staying power in times of adversity. Through Aug. 5 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $12-$15. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
Twelfth Night: A secret love and some false bravado make Malvolio's life suck, but it all works out. 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.
* Noises Off: Everything snowballs out of control as a theater company tries to cast, rehearse and perform a new play. Through Aug. 23 at Cygnet Theatre Company, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $38-$42. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com. See our review.