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Fun with words: Those nutty li'l cut-ups over at Intrepid Theatre are at it again, and this time, their sneaky play on a popular phrase speaks directly to your pocketbook. The Shakespeare-intensive group is in the middle of its first series of staged readings, which opened Monday, Nov. 16, with the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing—and the humor notwithstanding, Intrepid means business amid the show's star-studded cast (which included Lamb's Players Theatre artistic directors Robert and Deborah Gilmour Smyth). Up next are the seldom-staged King John on Monday, Nov. 30, and the richly historical Richard II on Monday, Dec. 14. And here's the payoff, which at this moment has me doubled over in spite of myself: The name of the program is “Free Will”—the plays are by Will-iam Shakespeare, see, and it doesn't cost anything to get in. You can see 'em at The Theatre, Inc., 899 C St., Downtown. There's more at www.intrepidshakespeare.com.
Bonnie and Clyde: The infamous bank robbers strike anew, this time in a musical. Now in previews, it opens Nov. 22 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $43-$78. www.lajollaplayouse.org.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: A stinky ol' spoilsport almost ruins the holidays for Whoville. Opens Nov. 21 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park
Bent: Persecution by the Nazis is one thing—that the victims are gay is another. Co-produced by Diversionary and Ion theater companies, it runs through Nov. 22 at Diversionary Theatre, 4645 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $29-$33. www.diversionary.org.
Boston Marriage: High-fashion Anna and Claire live precariously on the fringe of the upper crust—but for how long? Through Nov. 22 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $20-$23. www.compasshteatre.org.
Dog Act: Rozetta Stone fights to protect the art of storytelling in post-Apocalyptic America. Produced by MOXIE Theatre, it runs through Nov. 22 at the Rolando Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $20-$25. www.moxIRetheatre.com.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso are on the verge of an amazing idea, and they discuss it at a bar. Through Dec. 6 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St. in Carlsbad. $20-$40. www.newvillagearts.org. See our review on this page.