Zanna, Don't—A Musical Fairy Tale is exactly that. It's set at Heartsville High School, where everybody's gay; the chess club members are the campus sex symbols, and the spring play features straights as the beleaguered minority. The Tim Aceto-Alexander Dinelaris entry has won a couple awards, and this assured cast takes Ira Spector's direction well. But even as many of the stage personnel play multiple roles, the tunes require bigger production values than a roster of 10 can be expected to give. Do, though, check out Cashaé Monya in the roles of Candi and Loretta—she's a total hoot. Produced by Ariel Performing Arts, this San Diego premiere runs through May 10 at Roosevelt Theatre, 3366 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park. $25-$28. 619-692-1875, www.zannasd.com.
The Cripple of Inishmaan: An outcast gets his chance at fame as a Hollywood film crew sets up shop in an impoverished Irish community. Produced by Ion Theatre Company, it opens April 25 at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $20-$30. 619-544-1000, www.iontheatre.com.
The Good Person of Szechuan: An unobtrusive woman assumes a capitalist entrepreneur's identity in her quest to determine the nature of good. Produced by SDSU's School of Theatre, Television and Film, it opens April 24 at the Don Powell Theatre on the SDSU campus. $15-$18. 619-594-6884, www.theatre.sdsu.edu.
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.
Rabbit Hole: Becca and Howie eventually see their way out of the abyss following the death of their son. Through April 26 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $28-$39. 858-481-0155, www.northcoastrep.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.
The Good, the Bad and the Udderly Ridiculous: The Hooter County Fair turns into a battleground and site of a hunt for a sack of gold. Produced by Mystery Café Dinner Theatre, it's ongoing at The Imperial House restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. $59.50. 619-544-1500, www.mysterycafe.net.
The Hit: It's anything but business as usual as an unlikely hit-man seriously screws up an assignment. A revival produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it's ongoing at The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown. $26-$48. 619-437-0660, www.lambsplayers.org.
Be Aggressive: High school cheerleaders Laura and Leslie come of age when they decide to try their luck at a cheer boot camp. Through April 26 at New Village Arts, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. $22-$30. 760-433-3245, www.newvillagearts.com.
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 find as their own. Through May 10 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $22-$48. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.