Even these days, it's a cinch that an interracial, interfaith lesbian couple traveling through Texas would raise a few eyebrows. During World War II, it could have gotten you killed. But that's the chance hard-drinking Helen Burke is willing to take in Zsa Zsa Gerschick's Blue Bonnet Court, co-produced by Diversionary and MOXIE theatres.
Gerschick's good at explaining how the principals came to converge at the Blue Bonnet, a fleabag Texas motel that harbors many unhappy secrets; she develops that subtext in workmanlike fashion (which is another way of saying unremarkably). But seldom will you find an acting pool of this caliber under one roof—Jo Anne Glover, among San Diego's finest character actors, is downright scary-good as Lila Jean Webb, the button-down, repressed owner of the motel. And lately, director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg has gotten better and better with each show. Blue Bonnet Court runs through April 13 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in Unviersity Heights. $20-$33. 619-220-0097 or www.diversionary.org.
Miss Julie: A debutante courts danger on a hot summer night amid an affair with her servant. Produced by Sledgehammer Theatre, the show opens in preview March 27 at the Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. 619-544-1484 or www.sledgehammer.org. $10-$25.
A Little Night Music: A successful lawyer and his trophy wife are party to a series of events that illustrate the difficulties and splendor of romantic love. Through May 4 at Cygnet Theatre's Old Town Theatre, 4848 Twiggs St. in Old Town. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $24-$35.
*Dancing at Lughnasa: Five impoverished sisters in a rural Ireland home relive happier times while dancing to music from an old radio. Through March 30 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org. $22-$26.
* Dancing in the Dark: A fading Hollywood star teams with a Shakespearean actor and a bunch of diverse theatrical personalities to create a musical that's strictly “entertainment.” Through April 20 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $52-$69.
* Extraordinary Renditions: Several plays reflect the downside to a number of local and world events in the news. Presented by Impact Theatre, the show runs through March 29 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. www.impacttheatersandiego.org. $12-$15. See our review on this page.
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Randall McMurphy, a patient in a 1960s mental ward, empowers his fellow inmates and earns the disdain of the staff. Presented by The Theatre, Inc., the show runs through March 29 at Twiggs Tea & Coffee Co., 4590 Park Blvd. in University Heights. 619-216-3016 or www.thetheatreinc.com. $22-$25.
* Orange Flower Water: Two couples discover that their marriages are viselike and unforgiving, with their infidelities to follow. Through April 6 at 6th@Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or www.6thatpenn.com. $17-$20.
* tick, tick... BOOM!: Jonathan is still trying to write the great American musical before time—and, unpredictably for him, life—passes him by. Presented by Stone Soup Theatre, the show runs through March 30 at The Lab, Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. 619-287-3065 or www.stonesouptheatre.net. $20-$25.
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.