The plays are the things: The North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe is San Diego's smallest live theater. That's part of its charm, of course. And this weekend, it's the site of the other part. Its seventh annual North Park Playwright Festival is on tap, featuring the work of 24 directors, nearly 50 actors and a collection of short new plays by writers from around the country. There'll be no shortage of perspectives; seven plays are up each of the next four weekends. The event runs Oct. 2 through 25 at 2031 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. $14. www.northparkvaudeville.com.
Creditors: Undercurrents of sexuality, language and economics explode into a tangled web of intrigue, suspicion and revenge—all because of a little conversation on art. Now in previews, it opens Oct. 4 at La Jolla Playhouse's Potiker Theatre, 2900 La Jolla Village Drive. $30-$65. www.lajollaplayhouse.com.
Man from Nebraska: A luxury sedan, a church pew and visits to a nursing home form Ken Carpenter's daily life—a life he's beginning to hate. Produced by Cygnet Theatre Company, it's now in previews and runs through Nov. 1 at the Old Town Theatre, 4848 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $17-$42. www.cygnettheatre.com.
Sammy: Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. didn't only sing, dance and act; he defined an era. Now in previews, it opens Oct. 2 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $68-$78. www.oldglobe.org.
The Savannah Disputation: Mary hatches a plan to bring fellow Catholic Margaret back into the fold by enlisting the aid of their unsuspecting parish priest. Now in previews, it opens Oct. 1 at The Old Globe Theatre Arena Stage, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $29-$68.50. www.oldglobe.org.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: A jaded, faded older couple set a terrible example for two younger new friends. Opens Oct. 1 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $15-$23. www.compasstheatre.com.
Dear Harvey: Slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk inspired a new generation of likeminded politicians. Through Oct. 2 at SDSU's Experimental Theatre. $13-$15. www.theater.sdsu.edu.
Side Man: Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Produced by Bang! Productions, it runs through Oct. 11 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $12.50-$25. www.diversionary.org.
Things We Want: Three brothers are living together in their childhood apartment, struggling to define themselves while pursuing their desires and dreams. Through Oct. 11 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. $20-$40. www.newvillagearts.org. See our review.