Role reversal: Re-seeing Wicked, Stephen Schwartz's Tony-winning musical about how The Wizard of Oz's two witches met in school, reminds me of what an attention whore Glinda (Katie Rose Clarke) is at heart. She demands perfection from everybody except herself, all right—but her stormy relationship with big-hearted but persnickety Elphaba (Donna Vivino) opens a chasmic crack in that goody-two-shoes veneer. The story's a little preachy in its treatment of stuff like racial equality and physical disabilities, but Schwartz's lyrics are typically smart, and helmer Joe Mantello coaxes the under-story from the ladies like nobody else. The Broadway / San Diego entry runs through Aug. 30 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. $30-$140. www.broadwaysd.com.
—Martin Jones Westlin
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.
* Dickinson: There's a lot you don't know about Emily, the iconic poet. Produced by Lynx Performance Theatre, it runs through Aug. 7 at the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd. $15-$18. www.northparkvaudeville.com.
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.
Measure for Measure: A duke reveals his identity, forcing everybody around him to be honest (for once). Produced by Poor Players Theatre, it runs through Aug. 16 at the Off-Broadway Theatre, 131 Main St. in Vista. $15-$25. www.poorplayers.com.
* 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. www.cygnettheatre.com.
* The Glory of Living: Nobody's ever shown Lisa how anything works—and now, she's guilty of the murder her husband didn't have the guts to commit. Produced by InnerMission Productions, it runs through Aug. 14 at 8Teen Center, 3925 Ohio St. in North Park. $15-$20. www.innermissionproductions.com.
Time Flies: This comprises six short one-act sitcoms in which the actors play everything from a Roman slave to a washing machine. Through Aug. 16 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. $20. 760-433-3245, www.newvillagearts.org.
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. www.oldglobe.org.
* The First Wives Club: Three women take their heartache out on their cheating men and launch a memorial to a dead friend in the process. Through Aug. 30 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $55-$81. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org. See our review.