The Big Bang, North Coast Repertory Theatre's current production, is a cavalcade of events that shaped the world, framed in a setup that's sometimes funnier than the material. Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham (Andrew Ableson and Omri Schein) have written what they think is a sure-fire Broadway-bound blockbuster—but they don't stop there, as they seek your financial investment in the show. They've gathered you together in Sid and Sylvia Lipbalm's Park Avenue apartment to present 24 of the show's 137 songs—“like Wagner's Ring cycle, only a lot funnier”—and a handout hawks a series of 12 cassettes that contain the whole repertoire, featuring the Erasmus Hall High School Swing Choir. If you like Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach stuff, you'll probably find this fairly entertaining, especially amid Steven Withers' piano accompaniment and titles like “I'm No Crook! / I'll Drink to That!” as sung by Richard Nixon and Betty Ford. The Big Bang plays through June 22 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $31-$35. 858-481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org.—Martin Jones Westlin
* A Number: A look at the relationship between fathers and sons unfolds around the topic of human cloning. Through June 29 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $22-$29. See our review on this page.
* Beethoven, As I Knew Him: The life of the great composer is recounted by one who knew him best during his last two years. Through June 8 at The Old Globe Theatre's Don and Darlene Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $57-$59.
* Request Programme: An evening in the life of a troubled woman takes center stage—it's a very quiet evening, as the play is performed without dialogue. Through June 14 at The Lab, Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. 619-374-6894 or www.iontheatre.com. $20.50-$23.50.
Super Nova: Three new plays are on tap, including Alan Havis' The Tutor, as part of Vox Nova Theatre Company's first play festival. Through June 8 at The Lyceum space, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. www.voxnovatheatrecompany.com. $15.
Three Days of Rain: A brother and sister discover their late father's sparse diary and use it to create a story that will explain away the present and make sense of their parents' passionless marriage. Through June 16 at Compass Theatre (formerly 6th@Penn Theatre), 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or ww.compasstheatre.com. $20-$23.
Chalk it Up to Murder: HIT Productions features a cavalcade of new clues for a terrible crime. Fireside Steakhouse, 439 W. Washington Blvd. in Escondido. 619-561-8673. $16-$29.50.Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding: The fortunes and foibles at the heart of an Italian wedding are laid on the table. Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. 800-944-5639. $49.50.Where There's a Will... There's a Wake: Gangland figure Sonny Shoehorn is heir to the family fortune unless his siblings have their way. Presented by Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600.