The good with the bad: I'm not ordinarily a big Gilbert and Sullivan guy, mainly because I think the pair panders to the audience in creating the spoofs on British society that got them so far. I did want to see Lyric Opera San Diego's current Trial by Jury for historical purposes—it's the writers' first piece, after all, and it's got a funny premise about a divorce judge (Scott Gregory) who eventually offers to marry the plaintiff himself. Lo and behold, this piece is as effacing and tight as it gets under Leon Natker's direction, and Enrique Toral is assured as Edwin, the defendant. Unfortunately, you have to sit through a meandering world-premiere treatment of Rumpelstiltskin to get to it—this double bill is strikingly bipolar. It runs through Feb. 22 at the North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. in North Park. $30-$50. 619-239-8836, www.lyricoperasandiego.com.
The History Boys: Eight British boarding school seniors dwell on their plans for college and the pasts that got them that far. Opens in previews Feb. 19 at Cygnet Theatre Company's Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $17-$27. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
The Sugar Syndrome: A 17-year-old girl meets a man online who thinks she's an 11-year-old boy. Produced by MOXIE Theatre. Now in previews, it opens Feb. 21 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $10-$35. 619-220-0097, www.moxietheatre.com.
Love Negotiated: Richard and Veronica seem to have all the makings of a bad relationship, yet theirs is the last one standing. Produced by Lotus Theatre Collective, it runs through March 1 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. $10-$15. 619-818-1131, www.lovenegotiated.com. See our review on this page. H Love Song: Beane, a blissfully happy oddball, has a mysterious new love—and his sister Joan can't figure it out. Through Feb. 22 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $22. 619-337-1525, www.cygnettheatre.com.
Red Light Winter: Two fellow travelers and a French prostitute are about to discover there's more to Amsterdam than its Red Light District. Produced by Triad Productions, it runs through March 1 at The Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 Tenth Ave., Downtown. $15-$20. 619-241-2623, www.ticketderby.com.
Room Service: Book a theater; start rehearsals; put the cast up at a hotel; figure out how to pay for it later. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through March 22 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $30-$46. 619-437-0600, www.lambsplayers.org.
Since Africa: One of the Lost Boys of Sudan has made it to Chicago, harrowing story of survival in tow. Produced by The Old Globe Theatre, the show runs through March 8 at the Arena Stage, Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. $29-$48. 619-23-GLOBE, www.oldglobe.org.