Theoretically, you'll find that human history is littered with anywhere between 8,000 and 15,000 wars. For local singer-songwriter-piano teacher JD Boucharde, one of those—our current involvement in Iraq—serves as an archetype for the other 14,999. Boucharde's solo musical show, Happy Songs About the War, is a scathing indictment of the Bush administration's military treachery, and it wisely touches on the broader idea that man may be predisposed to fight. There's a hilarious parody of the media's passive take on the war (one spot contains a report that Bush bombed Ireland); meanwhile, Boucharde pays homage to the trembling kids on the front lines who never seem to have a say in the commander-in-chief's decisions. There's nothing new in what Boucharde conveys, and his music is a little top-heavy, but there's no mistaking the deeply emotional effect the conflict has had on him. Good show. Happy Songs About the War runs through June 4 at The Compass Theatre (formerly 6th@Penn Theatre), 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $15-$18. 619-688-9210 or www.happysongsaboutthewar.com.
—Martin Jones Westlin
A Number: A look at the relationship between fathers and sons unfolds around the topic of human cloning. Now in previews, it opens May 31 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $22-$29.
Super Nova: Three new plays are on tap, including Alan Havis' The Tutor, as part of Vox Nova Theatre Company's first play festival. Opens June 3 at The Lyceum space, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. www.voxnovatheatrecompany.com. $15.
* 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.
Corpus Christi: Here's a look at what Jesus' life might have been like if he were gay and growing up in 1950s Texas. Through June 1 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. 619-220-0097 or www.diversionary.org. $20-$33.
* 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. See our review on this page.
The Big Bang: This is a musical treatment of the history of the world, from creation to the present. Through June 22 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. 858-481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org. $31-$35.
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 Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600. $54.50-$59.50.