Ocean Beach, theater epicenter?: On Friday, Aug. 28, Antonio “TJ” Johnson gave a very good 45th-anniversary recitation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech in Ocean Beach Park, underscoring the presence of his Vagabond Theatre Project of Ocean Beach, which has been kicking around in some form or another since the beginning of summer. Not to be outdone, the nutballs from Point Loma Actors Workshop will stage Moliere's comedy The Forced Marriage, complete with 17th-century dress and audience participation, at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6, in O.B.'s Rec Center Park (corner of Ebers Street and Saratoga Avenue)—and it's free. I said in a recent story that O.B. is arguably the most underserved theater enclave in San Diego; it'd be nice to think that the theater gods are finally knocking some sense into this community's eclectic little head. For more on the Moliere piece, visit www.pointlomaactors.com or call 619-225-0044.
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Spamalot: You'll never guess where Sir Lancelot and his men find the Holy Grail. Produced by Broadway/San Diego, it opens Sept. 8 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. $49.99-$119. 619-570-1100, www.broadwaysd.com.Now playing
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. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.
* Drink Me: Can imaginary childhood friends become actual living beings? Produced by MOXIE Theatre, it runs through Sept. 27 at The Mandell Weiss Theatre Forum Studio, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $15. 858-598-7620, www.moxietheatre.com. See our review.
* Leaving Iowa: A newspaper columnist is on his own road trip to honor his dad's memory amid flashbacks of childhood vacations. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through Sept. 20 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1412 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $22-$58. 619-437-0600, www.lambsplayers.org.
* Shopping and Fucking: If you killed someone, what would it feel like? Produced by Triad Productions, it runs through Sept. 12 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $10-$23. 619-688-9210, www.compasstheatre.com.
The 39 Steps: An innocent man's on the lam for the murder of a woman that may have been committed by the cops. Through Sept. 13 at The Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $38-$65. 858-550-1010, www.lajollaplayhouse.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. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.