The hole thing: Outliving one's child must be a kind of decapitation, except that one is sentenced to relive the ghastliness every day, head duly suspended in midair. The central figures are dong as well as can be expected in David Lindsay Abaire's Rabbit Hole, North Coast Repertory Theatre's very decent look at one family's grievous loss and its emergence from the abyss. Family and sexual matters beset Becca (Jo Anne Glover) and Howie (Brendan Ford) in the wake of their loss, and director Stephen Elton is behind the chemistry that defines the couple (Ford at times projects Howie a tad too imposingly in the 190-seat theater). Sandra Ellis-Troy is spot-on as Becca's mother Nat, but Jessa Watson's sister Izzy is way too nonchalant in the opening passages. The show runs through April 26 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $28-$39. 858-481-1055, www.northcoastrep.org.
—Martin Jones Westlin
Mauritius: A sale of rare stamps becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sellers' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. Now in previews, it opens April 11 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $22-$48. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
Be Aggressive: Cheerleaders Laura and Leslie embark on an odyssey from Southern California to a hard-core cheerleading camp in North Carolina. Through April 26 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. Pay what you can for previews, $45 April 4 (opening night), $22-$30 thereafter. 760-433-3245, www.newvillagearts.org.
The Cradle Will Rock: Graft, corruption, corporate raiding and political gamesmanship color the American economy—in 1937. Produced by Stone Soup Theatre, it runs through April 26 at The Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. $25 online only, pay what you can at the door for available seats. www.stonesouptheatre.net. See our review on this page.
Facing East: Mormons Ruth and Alex McCormick, reeling from the suicide of their gay son, are stuck between faith and reality when they meet their son's partner for the first time. Through April 5 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $20-$29. 619-220-0097, www.diversionary.org.
The Hit: It's anything but business as usual as an unlikely hit-man seriously screws up an assignment. Revival produced by Lamb's Players Theatre. Ongoing at The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown. $26-$48. 619-437-0660, www.lambsplayers.org.
Opus: A famed chamber string quartet hires a woman to replace a member gone awry—and the offstage drama takes off from there. Produced by The Old Globe Theatre, it runs through April 26 in the Copley Auditorium, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $29-$59. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.