Love letter: Openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, slain in 1978 at age 48 after only 11 months in office, said his over-the-top campaigns were key in snagging his post, and his showy public persona endeared and encumbered him to the city politic. Sounds like the man would have been at home onstage—and with an assist from SDSU's School of Theatre, Television and Film, he'll get his big break. The school will mount Dear Harvey, an account of Milk's life and the Castro Street community he loved, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 in SDSU's Experimental Theater. The play, written by SDSU grad Patricia Loughrey, features interviews with politicians who followed Milk's career posthumously, including former San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins. $13-$15. www.theater.sdsu.edu.
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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.
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. www.moxietheatre.com.
I Love You Because: Two New York couples fall in love in spite of it all. Through Sept. 27 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $32-$50. www.northcoastrep.org.
Speed-the-Plow: Intrigue surrounds the back lots of Hollywood movies and the epiphanies that make or break them. Produced by Ion Theatre Company, it runs through Sept. 26 at Sushi Performance and Visual Art, 390 11th Ave., Downtown. $14-$25. www.iontheatre.com.
Things We Want: Three brothers are living together in their childhood apartment, struggling to define themselves while pursuing their desires and dreams. Through Oct. 17 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. $20-$40. 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.